What is Netiquette?

Also known as “Internet etiquette”, is a set of social conventions that facilitate interaction over networks, ranging from Usenet and mailing lists to blogs and forums.

Safe Texting

Consider where you are texting. Don’t text while driving, it is very dangerous. Also, it is rude to text when you are conversing with someone. Appropriate times to text is when you have enough time on your hands, when there is excess outside noise, and when the light from the phone would cause a distraction to others (movie theaters, library, etc.)

Think about what message you are sending. Because tone is hard to capture via e-mail or texting, be straightforward and clear. Steer clear of any over-exaggerated emotions that you wish to convey through text messaging, such as sarcasm and using all CAPS.

Use texting appropriately, it is a casual form of communication and therefore should be used to chat with friends and family. Don’t use text messaging for anything formal, such as invitations or initial contacts. Also, don’t text someone for important conversations because most of them can be done face to face.

Safe Instant-Messaging

Instant messaging is a great way to communicate with a wide variety of different people, places, and personas. Teens and preteens are in the business of trying out new things, and discovering who they are, so cyberspace can be a very exciting environment for growing and developing.

However, instant messaging can also tell someone the good and the bad things in relationships, how to compromise, and takes things away. Cyberspace things tend to get amplified. Often on instant messaging, it takes longer for the sense of connection to emerge out of a certain conversation. Kids these ages need to be learning how complex the emotional environment of social life is, and cyberspace has some things, but this isn’t one of them.

Chat Room Safety

Because chat rooms are live, you can’t take it back or delete it, so don’t say anything you want the public to know, like your personal information. Don’t give out your location or if you want to hang out. If someone says or does something creepy, block them and don’t respond.

Adult Care for Children

As much as you don’t want to talk to an adult about it, it is ok and openly talk about it. Adults are there to help, and are there to show empathy and support. Talk through your situation and I’m sure the adult can tell you something that can prevent a bullied child to be bullied again. Bullying is an abusive behavior that has a negative impact on other children, as well as an early sign of more violent or cruel behavior later in life. It is important for the adults, particularly the parents, to comfort the child and confront the bully if you need to.

Ways that adults can help children is to create and positive environment around the child, such as at home, classrooms, and etc. Also, try to put restrictions on social networking sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, and Formspring. Once a child has reported some sort of bullying, you should report it and make sure it doesn’t happen again by talking to the bully’s parents and forming a good relationship so that it wouldn’t happen again.

Parental Resources

Parental resources can include anything from the internet or just personal comfort. Also, at school, the Counselor’s office is a good place to go for resources, as well as videos educating children about bullying. There are many books out there that help out with bullying and help out with parents dealing with bullying.