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05-01-2018 by 

Treat others the way YOU want to be treated. Speak with and treat someone online as you would speak with and treat him/her face-to-face.

Remember EVERYTHING that you post will be within the public domain; it doesn't matter whether or not you delete the post: if you've published it, it's traceable. Plus, when you post things online, you're creating a digital footprint. A digital footprint is the trail of stuff you leave behind when you're online.

Speak kindly. Remember: it may look like a screen in front of you, but there is another person (or people) on the receiving end. Think about how you would feel if you received the message you’re sending. If the feeling isn't a positive one, then don't send it.

Don't post things when you’re angry. It's never a good idea to post something when you’re mad. If you are too riled up and can't fight the temptation to tell someone off then there's an amazing button on every device that shuts it off. Use this button when you are mad and walk away.

Don’t post things when you are emotional. When you are in a heightened state of an emotion, you may not be thinking clearly or able to form your thoughts and ideas. Don’t use the internet as a means for sorting through your feelings. Rather, meet up with a trusted adult or friend to help you work through your emotions.

Don’t journal your thoughts and feelings in a public forum. If you’re going to keep a journal, do it the old fashion way and write it down - pen and paper style. 

Use different usernames and passwords for your sites. Don't use the same one all the time. If someone figures out your security information, they will have access to everything. It's best to set up different usernames and passwords for maximum protection.

Don't make up silly email addresses. You will use your email address for job applications, resumes, and other education and employment opportunities. Look at your email address and ask yourself ‘Does this email address set a good impression?’ If not, scrap it and start again.

Don't post a picture or video of someone else without his or her permission. Also don't snap pictures or a video of someone without asking his or her permission. Just because there is a camera on your phone it doesn't give you the right to snap a shot of someone.

Be very selective of what you post or share online. If you have a concern or nagging doubt about what you are posting, then that is your moral compass saying ‘Don't post it.’ You would be wise to heed the advice of your conscience.

Don't talk to strangers. Don't get into chat rooms and reveal confidential things about yourself. You may feel that you know the person on the other end of your connection, but he/she could be anyone!

Don't give out personal and confidential information online. Never share your full name, home address, phone number, passwords, school or college's name, names of family members, or credit card numbers.

Silence your phone in public places. Nothing is more annoying than a phone going off in a public place, especially if it has a funky ring tone.

Don't play on your device or constantly text when you are in the company of someone else. It just isn't nice and can cause the person to feel unimportant. This is particularly important if you’re in the middle of an interview! Leave your phone turned off and in your bag or pocket!

Don't talk on your phone in a public place where others can hear your conversation.

Be careful of your tone. Sometimes things can come across ruder and harsher online than face-to-face. One reason is because we rely on nonverbal communication to help us interpret conversations. Unless you are using a video chat app, most sites don't allow you to see a person's reaction to what you are saying. So certain words or punctuation marks can imply something different online than if they were said face-to-face.

Set time parameters of how long you're on your devices. Electronic devices will never take the place of a person. Too much of anything is unhealthy, so use devices in moderation and hang out with your friends’ offline more than online.





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