Netiquette and Its Importance

It’s so easy for anyone to misunderstand e-mails and cybercommunications. We have to be very very careful to make them clear and help others to understand what we really mean. That’s called netiquette. We also need to be careful not to hurt others and be good netizens (net citizens). Here are some basic guidelines to help you with your netiquette so you become a good netizen.

Start by making sure you are sending things to the right place, that it arrives and that the right person gets it.

Make sure that you address messages and emails to the right person. They may have a new email address or screen name, just make sure to always be sending everything to the right place. In addition to making sure they are sent to the right person, make sure the person actually receives them. Always check to see if they have received the message before getting angry. Many email providers have anti spam filtering and often times innocent emails or messages get caught in a filter and never reach their intended audience. Also make sure that the person who receives the message will be receiving the message alone, or if their messages are monitored by parents or friends, then be more careful about what you send.

Is it worth sending? Don’t waste peoples’ time or bandwidth with junk, chain e-mails and false rumors

Make sure to only send what is needed or worth people’s time, don’t send wasteful junk mail or chain mail. This includes false rumors and completely unimportant stuff similar to that. If it is worth sending, then send it and be patient about a reply. Make sure they actually received the message. Don’t spam them with messages asking why they didn’t reply. Junk mail and chain mail can also be harmful to the receiver because they could receive viruses through them. Thus most mail providers and messaging systems will block these messages, but sometimes they get through, yet no one wants that.

Proofread and spell-check your e-mails and make sure they know who you are

Make sure you proofread your message. Many times if something is not written correctly, it can be misread and misunderstood. This is not good because this in itself can lead to cyberbullying. Just making sure the receiver of the message knows who you are and what you are saying or trying to say and getting the right message across is very important. This can also help you fix a cyberbullying situation.

Don’t attack others online, say anything that could be considered insulting or that is controversial

If you wouldn’t say it to their face, don’t say it online. Even if you would say it to their face, don’t say it online. Attcacking, insulting, saying controversial things, or being mean online is still cyberbullying, and cyberbullying is wrong. There is no need to be mean online or say things that are controversial for no reason.

Don’t forward other people’s e-mails without their permission or share their personal information

Do not invade on sompeone’s privacy for your benefit. It is wrong to encroach and then send their personal information to others. That is private and should be kept that way.

Are you angry when you are writing this message?

Make sure to be calm when you write the message or you could be making a huge mistake. It is not smart to be angry when writing a message, because then the hurtful words will come out and you will end up cyberbullying the other person, even if that isn’t the intent.

Don’t reply to spam, even to ask to be removed from their mailing list

Spam is bad. They spam you with emails for many reasons, but they never know if it is a real email unless you reply to them in some way for any reason. They will not stop sending you emails if they are a true spammer, but if it is a respectable business, then there will be a way to stop them from sending the emails to you.

How private is the message you are sending? Are you willing to have others read this message or forward it to others without your permission?

Make sure that what you send you are ok with someone else reading if it is misdelivered. Do not be alarmed if it is, just make sure that you take care of it in a mature way that will not cause any extra harm. If you receive a message meant for someone else, then you should forward it to the person say sorry I received this by accident. Make sure not to send private information on the web, especially if it can be said in person.