Cyber security company ESET examined the concepts of internet etiquette and made suggestions to parents. According to Britannica, the purpose of internet etiquette is to help create and maintain an enjoyable, comfortable, and productive environment for online communication, as well as to prevent putting pressure on the system and creating conflict between users. In short, unwritten rules of online conduct are about encouraging positive interactions that express the values we uphold even offline. It should not be forgotten that we are part of a society online, just like in the offline world, and we have a responsibility to act respectfully and safely as digital individuals.
What children need to know to gain internet ethics skills:
Be kind: Encourage your child to treat others in the online world as if they were the other person.
Think twice before sharing: What's shared online has a permanent digital footprint, and even if we only share something with a few friends, it's always possible for our posts to reach other people. That's why we need to talk to our kids about how to share responsibly. Teach your child the difference between what is appropriate to share and what should remain private.
Always verify: Encourage critical thinking. Advise your child to check information before sharing or republishing it.
Query online identities: Help your child understand that not everyone on the internet is who they claim to be. Encourage skepticism and ensure that children value their privacy and only talk to people they truly trust.
Give others personal space: Teach your child not to overwhelm people with messages and comments and to give friends the opportunity they need to express their opinions. Online communication is a two-way affair that thrives on mutual respect and consideration.
Get permission before sharing: Instill the value of asking permission before sharing photos or information about others.
Respect the privacy of others: Just as your child should not use their friends' social media without asking, they should not take other people's devices or browse other people's applications without asking.
Don't forget your surroundings: Tell your child to pay attention to his or her surroundings before playing music, watching a show, or making a loud phone call in public.
Communicate thoughtfully: Explore with your child the basics of good online communication, such as how to write concise messages and how to choose the right style for different platforms.
Be aware of your power: Talk to your child about responsibility for the impact of online behavior, even in small circles. Teach your child the importance of the impact his words and actions have on society. Encourage them to use this influence in a positive way to inspire others with thoughtful and motivating content.
Choose a suitable nickname: Guide your child in choosing a username that is both anonymous and won't embarrass them later. “An original pseudonym can protect their online presence while allowing them to express themselves creatively.”