Safer Internet Day is held every February around the world. This campaign aims to promote the safe and positive use of digital technologies.
Today, in celebration of Safer Internet Day, we want to remind you of the importance of network ethics.
Network ethics are rules of behavior for internet users regarding morality, psychology, and many social issues. The most important thing, however, is safety. We've written about safety regulations on numerous occasions, but it won't hurt to be reminded of them.
- Never share your personal information (name, phone number, address) if you do not trust the person you are communicating with.
- Be cautious with people whom you know only virtually, and don't meet with them without good reason; people can be different in virtual communications from how they are when you meet them in the flesh.
- Be wary of links and attachments that you are unsure of. If you have even the slightest doubt, it is better not to open the attachments or click on the links.
The rules of network ethics
- Use a respectful, courteous tone to introduce yourself and address strangers, and be polite.
- Use correct grammar! Write correctly and use punctuation marks; this will simplify communication and eliminate misunderstandings.
- In emails, do not type using Caps Lock and exclamation marks. This is typically understood by the person with whom you are communicating as shouting and can cause unpleasant emotions.
- Do not send emails with any information to strangers without permission. This is regarded as spam and usually causes nothing but annoyance.
- Respect other people's time. Do not send messages at a bad time and do not request an immediate response to messages.
- Do not post pictures of people without the permission of everyone in the photo.
If we each follow these simple rules, together we can create a safe online environment.
We invite our members, teachers, and everyone who cares about this topic to join the campaign and learn more about how to improve and how to protect yourself online.