Netiquette: Manners on the Internet


If I was going to a wedding, wouldn't I dress differently than if I was going to a barbecue at my brother's house? When I talk to someone on the phone or in person or chat with them online, I will interact differently with that person in each of these instances? Each scenario calls for a different mode of communication. When I send an e-mail, I will write differently than if I hand in a report to my Language Arts teacher.

There are times when we need to be formal and there are times when we need to be informal. Netiquette helps us remember how to interact with each other online.


Create guidelines that outline some manners you need on the Internet.

Focusing Questions:

  • Why do people feel free to be cruel on the Internet? Do you think Internet haters engage
    in similar hateful behavior in person? Why or why not?
    • How do you draw the line between free speech, guaranteed by the First Amendment, and ensuring respect for other human beings?
  • In what manner should we communicate with each other online?
  • How should we act when we don’t agree with each other’s opinions?
  • What are some of the rules of staying polite online?

Feathers in the Wind

Mr. Anderson & Civility

They Mysteries of Life with Tim & Moby
A BrainPop video on digital etiquette
Related Activity:
A graphic organizer that lists bad netiquette in various digital formats.

Your poster should reflect a list of guidelines on how your classmates should interact when we start our author study wiki.


1. Faber, J.P. "Lessons in netiquette." U+S+ Kids 10.1 (Apr. 1997): 28. Middle Search Plus. EBSCO. [IS 278 Library], [Brooklyn], [NY]. 2 Sep. 2008 <>.*

2. Kornblum, Janet. "Rudeness, threats make the Web a cruel world." USA Today 31
July 2007. 2 Sept. 2008 <>.

3. Mind Your Netiquette


5. Mind Your Netiquette

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