As the Web includes a global community, students need to be aware of some standards for behavior when you create content. Proper internet etiquette is often referred to as Netiquette. Students and teachers can avoid embarrassing situations by adhering to some simple guidelines when they create web sites, blogs, or wikis. The following is a list of standards for Netiquette:
- Avoid “flaming” (inflammatory or antagonistic criticism) or posting insulting, abusive, or threatening remarks.
- Avoid using all capital letters when you publish on the Web. This is perceived as SHOUTING.
- Do not assume that your intentions will be understood; remember there is no body language, facial expression, or tone to indicate your intentions.
- Remember that the Web is a public space. You should take some care in deciding what you post online.
- Be considerate of your audience. Remember that many people still access the Web using a dial-up connection. When you create your websites take the extra time to compress images and sound files. A common example of not being considerate is a website that includes background music that comes on by default when the page is opened. Many people may access your site from a library, computer lab, or other public space. If you are going to include sound on your web page, at least make sure it is turned off by default.