2. Creating, Sharing and Engaging Online in a Respectful Way
“We don’t need to share the same opinions of others, but we need to be respectful.” Taylor Swift
All of your parents have at one time or another told you to treat others how you wish to be treated; it’s an oldie but a goodie and one that most definitely applies to how you should behave online. Just like when you are talking face-to-face with one person of a group, and etiquette is to be followed. There is a difference between healthy debate and arguing, and between constructive feedback and unkind criticism; mind your manners.
Although the digital interface creates a buffer making it easier to say things you would never say to someone’s face, don’t be fooled. Insults, criticism and unkind words hurt just as badly as they do when said in person. Rather use these online platforms to support, motivate, encourage and recognise your friends and family.
Just like you would not steal or cheat in ‘real-life’, so should you respect privacy and copyright laws online. With this in mind, it is important to note that whatever you post may be screenshotted, saved and shared by others in your network, so although your profiles may be private, consider a wider audience when you choose what to post.
Read the other articles in this series: Three ways to unlock your super powers online