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1. Remember that the person you're talking to on the Internet/email/chat room is a real person. Make sure to treat them with the same respect you would as if your conversation were face to face.

2. Don't break the law:

  • Don't steal (copy work online that isn't yours and fail to give credit for it).

  • Don't vandalize (mess up things that aren't yours).

  • Don't trespass (go into places you don't somebody else's personal accounts).

3. Spelling and grammar count! Re-read an email/message before you send it to check your spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Will your best friend care if you used the wrong your/you're in a text message? Probably not, but a potential employer will when you're sending an email enquiring about a possible job.

4. Don't respond to or send out messages when you're angry. You'll say things you don't mean...or say things you do mean but still shouldn't actually say out loud. Wait until you've calmed down...then have an impartial person read your message to make sure that you've phrased it in an appropriate way. P.S. Don't type in all capital letters. All caps = yelling.5. Don't forward on people's private messages unless they give you permission.

"The Core Rules of Netiquette." Albion. Albion, 2005. Web. 29 Aug 2010. <>.

Protecting Reputations Online

Protecting Reputations Online - Common Craft video

Computer Access - Acceptable Use and Code of Conduct for Round Rock ISD

"Students are expected to observe network etiquette. Students are prohibited from pretending to be someone else; accessing or transmitting obscene messages or pictures; revealing personal addresses or telephone numbers, either their own or another person's; or using the network in a way that would disrupt use by others.

Only students who have been authorized by the District and who are under direct supervision of designated district employees are permitted to use a district computer or to access any local network or outside telecommunications resources, such as the Internet. Students who use the computer for purposes other than those permitted by the teacher are subject to disciplinary action. Each year the District provides the opportunity for parents to restrict Internet access and/or electronic publication of students' photographs and schoolwork. Notice of this refusal should be given in writing to the campus registrar.

All copyright laws and federal and state laws regarding electronic data transfer or communication will be strictly enforced. This includes, but is not limited to, making copies of copyrighted software, invading networks or computer systems or files to alter information therein (viruses or changing data), and briging pirated software into the labs or offices. No person will copy any of the software from RRISD or any campus computer labs or offices in the RRISD. Any student found violating these laws or rules will be referred for disciplinary action. Each student and parent will be held financially responsible for any damage to RRISD equipment caused by that student" (RRISD 16).

"Student-Parent Handbook and Student Code of Conduct 2010-2011." Round Rock ISD. RRISD, Jun 2010. Web. 25 Aug 2010. <>.