Internet is part of our life and, little by little, also of our children. Surely it is then that fears come to your mind about what children do and stop doing when they are in front of the computer screen. And, much parental control that we put into trying to take care of them, it is worth remembering a series of rules, behaviors, and good manners so that children know how they should act. It’s about behaving on the Web just like we do outside of it. Let’s see good manners for children!
Good Manners for Children
Do you know what the etiquette is? Surely you do know what he is saying, what you may not know is this peculiar name. The netiquettes collect the set of rules and behaviors that should be followed by any user on the Internet, guidelines that were created long before any social network or mobile application and that are still perfectly valid today. Its main objective is to facilitate and improve coexistence in the Network.
Does your child surf the Internet from time to time? Then it is time for you to talk to him about those good manners or behaviors that you should also have when you are at the computer. It usually happens (to the elderly too) that we forget that behind the laptop there is another person and not just robots and codes so that everyone, including children, should be responsible for our actions and our words when we are on the Network. Here are the 27 basic good manners for children on the Internet. Read these guidelines in the first person plural, it will serve as a reminder for the whole family.
Good manners on the Internet and social networks
1. Education above all. When we talk to someone on the Web, we have to be as educated as to when we do it outside of it.
2. We observe how they are the rules of a particular group to act the same. A video game chat is not the same as one to ask the teacher questions.
3. We can say our opinion but in a respectful way.
4. Kindness is something that costs nothing and gives much in return. May the words ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ also be part of the vocabulary of our children and ours when we browse the Internet.
5. We treat others with respect as we do outside a screen.
6. We do not overwhelm with hundreds of messages, emails, tweets, or photos. Everyone needs their space, and it should not be exceeded.
7. We appreciate the help you give us when we make an inquiry.
8. Beware of the images that we upload to the Network, although we delete them there is always a trace of them.
9. We take care of the quality of the writing, no misspellings or typos.
10. We do not upload private content, if something we do not want to read, better leave it on the desktop.
11. If a piece of information is not true or we are not sure of it, we do not share it with anyone.
12. We can share our knowledge to help others.
13. If we are in a chat and the conversation goes up in tone, we will leave and, of course, we will be the ones to do or say anything to start the discussion.
14. The privacy of others is as important as ours. We don’t send photos of anyone if they don’t want us to do it.
The risks for children on the Internet and social networks
15. We do not look at social media profiles beyond what we should do. Some people do not know how to configure privacy, but that is why we should not snoop around.
16. Prohibited: mockery, insults, ugly words, threats, or any other expression to hurt someone.
17. If we don’t like something, we have the right to say it, with good manners, of course.
18. Knowing how to forgive is wise, also on the Internet and social networks.
19. Nothing to accept friend requests from people we don’t know or are much older than us.
20. If someone laughs at someone else, we don’t follow the game.
21. We talk to the mom or dad if they are doing something we like, even if they are lifelong friends.
22. It is not mandatory to play the same games as others. Each one has its tastes.
23. We write messages on chats and social networks at appropriate times so as not to disturb.
24. We forget the message chains that only serve to bother the recipient.
25. Make ‘copy-paste’ of content and make-believe that it is ours is not right. It’s the same as copying in an exam.
26. We ask permission before uploading and tagging others’ photos.
27. In forums and social networks, we talk about what we want without getting into anyone, or with celebrities or non-celebrities.
They may seem like a lot of complicated rules to follow, but all of them are based on common sense. The rules ‘don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you.’ Ready to start with good manners for children?