What are General Principles?

When composing and sending instant messages, emails and conversations and posting/sharing images online ensure the content is appropriate and that online etiquette guidelines (netiquette) are considered. Online interactions are social interactions and like any social interaction we benefit from being aware of the general guiding principles of polite communication. The following guiding principles can assist us in ensuring our digital reputation is not compromised.

Guiding principles

  • When sending messages, check you are sending the message to the right person before you press send. 
  • Get into the habit of doing something for a few seconds or minutes (like getting a drink of water) BEFORE responding to messages that are upsetting or confronting. 
  • Be cognisant of the person (or group of people) who will receive your communication when wording your correspondence. 
  • Everything you do online and share, for example videos, pictures and text is being tracked or stored somewhere and could be accessed in the future. 
  • If unsure keep communication online professional, ensuring accurate spelling and grammar. 
  • If you decide to meet someone face-to-face who you have only been communicating with online, you should at the very least:
    • Take a friend with you. 
    • Let somebody know where you are going and who you are meeting. 
    • Have your mobile phone on, charged and with credit.


Source:
Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Playing and Staying Safe Online (Australia). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pydPZE_g_4&feature=youtu.be (Uploaded: 26 April 2016)

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Source:
Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Playing and Staying Safe Online (Australia). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pydPZE_g_4&feature=youtu.be (Uploaded: 26 April 2016)

This video clip highlights the importance of keeping your digital reputation clean and how images you post and share may be accessed by potential employers.


Source:
Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Playing and Staying Safe Online (Australia). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pydPZE_g_4&feature=youtu.be (Uploaded: 26 April 2016)

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