Digital Etiquette (Question 4)


This institution is protected and monitored by well managed and fully operational fire wall. In order to make use of our network and internet facilities you will need to adhere to the following:

  • Remember the human – Never forget that the person reading your communication is actually a person with feelings and can get hurt.


  • Adhere to the same standards of behaviour online that you follow in real life – Be ethical in your engagement and know that breaking the law is bad netiquette.


  • Know where you are in cyberspace – Netiquette differs depending on the domain you are accessing. Ensure that your etiquette is appropriate for the type of domain you are accessing.


  • Respect other people’s time and bandwidth – Ensure you don’t use too much of the bandwidth and allow for everyone to have a satisfactory experience. DO NOT waste user’s time by arguing online.


  • Make yourself look good online – Use appropriate language and make use of accurate grammar and spelling.


  • Share expert knowledge – Only interact and offer help in subject fields that you are well informed in.


  • Help keep flame wars under control – Don’t participate in flame wars.


  • Respect other user’s privacy – Don’t distribute people’s details.


  • Don’t abuse your power – Don’t cause any problems or tension for other users.


  • Be forgiving of other user’s mistakes – Not everyone is technologically advanced and some of your fellow user’s may struggle so be forgiving if any mistakes are made.


Failure to adhere to the above may result in a suspension from using the institutes’ facilities and if found to be a serious or reoccurring offense, a permanent ban may be applied to that user. The institutes’ firewall will be monitoring user’s usage and will provide feedback on what domains are being accessed. There is also an IT department that will be able to access all user accounts and can manually check and see if anything breaks the code of conduct. Users are advised to direct any complaints or problems to the head of the IT department so that proper actions can be taken against code of conduct violators.

ENSURE that when making use of the internet and research for school assignments and tasks, that you reference the worked used correctly in order to avoid any potential plagiarism issues. Plagiarism is a serious offence and can result in expulsion.

ENSURE that if any media such as images or videos are used, that they fall under creative commons license in order to avoid copyright and other legal issues.



Mark van der Burgh



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