Digital Etiquette

Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
Technology users often see this area as one of the most pressing problems when dealing with Digital Citizenship. We recognize inappropriate behavior when we see it, but before people use technology they do not learn digital etiquette (i.e., appropriate conduct). Many people feel uncomfortable talking to others about their digital etiquette. Often rules and regulations are created or the technology is simply banned to stop inappropriate use. It is not enough to create rules and policy, we must teach everyone to become responsible digital citizens in this new society.


(after discussing the videos, answer one or all of these questions in the discussion area)

  1. Does the "Golden Rule" exist in digital media, digital communications, etc.?
  2. Do you know when something is "right" or "wrong" when you do it in a digital place?
  3. Do you think your view of digital etiquette is different from your parent's view? What are the differences?

Videos to discuss:

Cyberbullying is the most well-known form of people not showing digital etiquette, is it really that common? Would you do it if you knew you were causing someone to be depressed? suicidal?

This video speaks about having a "double life". Are there different standards for behavior on and off line?

What damage can be done to you, if YOU don't know the rules of digital etiquette?