Netiquette – 5 Rules of Online Etiquette for Students
Posted September 10, 2013on:
Whether you’re an online student or take classes at a campus, your online presence will have a big effect on your success. Your instructors, employers and peers will all come to conclusions based on how you act online. Here are five simple guidelines to online etiquette:
- Use proper English and punctuation as if you’re writing a paper. Avoid popular abbreviations, acronyms (like BRB = Be right back) or other shortcuts used in social communication.
- Don’t use emoticons. In a social context, emoticons help express emotion. In a working context, emoticons express unprofessionalism.
- “Reply All” to emails only when appropriate. You don’t want to clutter the inboxes of people who don’t need it.
- Keep it clean. People often become brave when their identity is hidden online. That recklessness can often turn into regrets. Avoid profanities, obscenities and other offensive content while in school or at work.
- Respond to any emails or messages you get in a timely manner. The response doesn’t have to be long, just an acknowledgment.