The internet is a great way to communicate. However, it is also easy to make mistakes in your messages. Being well aware about some simple things for sending and receiving emails can prove to be beneficial. Read about some internet etiquette tips for you and your child.
Email is the most preferred form of communication nowadays. It is fast and easy to use. Besides emails, cyber communication also involves web posts and bulletin boards. While cyber communication is convenient, it also has a lot of potential for misunderstandings. At the same time when children are involved in such things the risk is higher. It is therefore essential to teachchildren about basic internet etiquette. Read out the following points to your child so that he or she is aware about using emails safely.
Help your child in sending messages to the right people
How many times have you heard of people sending a message or email
to someone and then discovering it has gone to another person? Sending
a mail to the wrong person is one of the biggest net blunders you can
make. A large number of mistakes happen because the sender is too
Before you send out an email or message, use a basic checklist. Are you sending it to the right person? Check
the screen name or email address. Check for spelling mistakes in the
address and message
body. Generally, when you receive an email from someone, save his email
address in your address book. Then when you have to reply to the person
in the future, you can select the address directly and do not have to
type it out.
In addition, keep track of changing email addresses. Many people, especially children and teenagers, keep changing their email addresses as a fashion. Others forget their passwords and have no other choice but to create a new address.
Teach your child how to avoid sending junk emails
Everyone does not have the time to read more than 10 emails
or messages a day. Therefore, do not waste yours and other people's
time by sending junk information. This includes jokes, chain letters,
other forwards, etc. While some people enjoy receiving this kind of
mail, many people do not. Before you go ahead and forward that joke,
check which group your recipient falls in.
Another category of emails
to avoid sending is unconfirmed reports. Many rumours and cyber hoaxes
begin simply because one person sent it to his entire friend's list
without checking if it is true. Remember there are many mischief-makers
in the cyber world whose sole purpose is to spread fear through malicious lies.
As far as possible, avoid sending attachments unless you have been
requested to do so. This is especially true if you are contacting
someone for the first time. Due to virus threats, many people simply
delete messages containing attachments. If the recipient does not know
you, your attachment will suffer the same fate. If you are sending a
photo or document, see if you can include it in the message
itself rather than as a separate attachment. If you must send an
attachment, make sure it is labelled properly. An attachment labelled
'guest list for party' is more likely to be opened than one titled
Make your child aware about how to avoid controversies
An online persona may offer you anonymity but that does not
mean you can do whatever you want with it. When you are chatting on a
bulletin board or in a chat group, avoid discussing controversial
topics. These include religion, politics, sex, race, gender-related
issues, etc. You never know when your comments might hurt someone
Similarly, take care when conversing
with people from other countries and cultures. Do not criticise their
beliefs or customs. If you are unsure about how things work in their
country, ask for an explanation. People will be very happy to provide
an explanation. This way, you can also improve your general knowledge.
If you say something insensitive, apologise immediately. If
someone says he was offended by what you said, tell him you are sorry
and it will not happen again. If you are the injured party, write to
the person and politely explain why his comments hurt you. Do not force
someone to apologise. In most cases, people who have inadvertently been
offensive will apologise and correct their behaviour.
Always strive for clarity in your communications. It will
minimise potential misunderstandings. In addition, caution is an
important virtue that is part of good cyber manners.
Telling your teenage child about all these things will help you to ensure that he or she is using internet and emails safely. Making children aware about the hazards beforehand helps to avoid complication in future. Such steps in protecting children from external harms make it easier to walk on thin line of parenting.
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Are you a good netizen? What guidelines are necessary for good internet communication? Have you ever been offended by the behaviour of an online friend?
I agree about the forwards. I work in an office and have to keep checking my mail every time. I don' t understand how people can have no work and keep forwarding things all the time. I don' t have the...
I have the same problem. My friends who are housewives often send me several forwards a day. I do not have time to check my mail everyday. When I do check my mail, seeing so many forwards overwhelms m...
The main issue I have is with people who have not bothered to learn any manners. Sometimes, when I chat with people, I am so fed up with their spelling mistakes and bad language. As far as possible I ...