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Best Practices: Workspace Etiquette for Students 

Please note that the online world has its own protocol for communicating in a professional manner.


Keep safe. Never post your personal information or information about someone else. DO NOT put things like ages, addresses, phone numbers, names of towns, on the Internet. Remember that information on the internet, especially embarrassing information, may still be around after you've deleted it. So don’t ever put up anything personal or inappropriate! Check out http://www.ikeepsafe.org/iksc_kids/ for more information. 


Be nice. The most important thing to remember is sarcasm hurts. It is most often misunderstood when typed in a message which is then posted on the Internet. You may think you're funny when you write something rude or silly, but it can be extremely hurtful to read. Negative words hurt worse when said by someone you thought was your friend. So, be overly friendly and be positive. Remember ... treat others as you would like to be treated.


Be truthful. Write things you know to be correct using facts from research from reliable, credible sources.


Read, re-read, and proofread before you click SAVE or ADD COMMENT.  It’s important to reread to make sure you’ve really written down what you wanted to say so we can communicate clearly with one another. 


Ask first, then give credit. Ask an artist's permission to post their photos, pictures or pieces of writing. Never use first and last names of people that could identify them in a photo or video. You must also ask permission when using an idea from a friend, a family member, or even from an acquaintance. After you have his/her permission, then you must ask if you can post his/her name to give him/her credit. If you know anyone who is breaking any part of this rule, please let a teacher know so that we can help out. 

Information please! The Internet is a great source of information but information is only useful when it is accurate. Before referencing a website, ask and answer a few simple questions: 

  • Who is the author or sponsor and what are the author's qualifications or credentials?

  • What type of information is provided?

  • When was the information created? last updated or revised?

  • Where is the information coming from- is the domain a .edu, .gov, .org, etc.

  • Why is the information posted; to educate, to inform, to present unbiased views, to entertain, to sell or entice?


Comments (1)

Madalienne Peters said

at 12:51 am on Aug 13, 2009

Learning how to communicate effectively online has been a big eye-opener for me. After reading many articles and noting guidelines for online postings from other schools I typically try to read and re-read each posting for word choice, emotion, clarity and courtesy.

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