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Kids Turn Netiquette
Minding Your
P's and Q's
Online in
Chat Rooms

rquizbut.gif - 1.8 K Netiquette refers to the generally accepted rules of behavior for using the Internet. By following netiquette guidelines, users help to make the Internet a civil place to communicate and share ideas.

While some of you have been online for months, or even years - many of you are not familiar with the basic rules of Netiquette online. The following article(s) will help guide the old-timers AND new timers to the net. These simple rules of Netiquette when web surfing, using chat rooms, bulletin boards, email and newsletters will make your travels on line much more pleasurable.

Today's topic is Chat Rooms.

Before we jump in I would like to remind everyone about Safety online. If you are new to the net it's a good idea to read about online safety issues whether you are surfing, chatting, emailing or posting to bulletin boards. It is also a good idea to review your net use with your parents.

Chat Room Do's and Don't's

General Rules
  • DON'T give out personal information such as your address, telephone number, parents' work address/telephone number, or the name and location of your school without your parents' permission.
  • DON'T agree to get together with someone you "meet" online without first checking with parents. If your parents agree to the meeting, be sure that it is in a public place and bring your mother or father along.
  • DON'T send a person your picture or anything else without first checking with your parents.
  • DON'T respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make you feel uncomfortable. If you do you should tell your parents right away so that they can contact the online service or monitor of the chat room.
  • DO talk with your parents so that you can set up rules for going online. Decide upon the time of day that you can be online, the length of time you can be online, and appropriate areas for you to visit.
  • DON'T access other areas or break these rules without parents permission.

Helpful Chat Tips

When IN a Chat Room
  • DO say Hi when you enter the room.
  • DO read the FAQ (frequently asked questions) on the topic and general instructions of the room, this page is usually located at the entry point of any log in area to a chat room.
  • DO spend a few minutes seeing the current conversation in the room before you jump in with questions.
  • DO familiarize yourself with the room for a few minutes before jumping in the conversation, find out who the HOST or Monitor of the room is in case you have questions or problems.
  • DON'T use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in a chat room. This is considered yelling and is rude.
  • DON'T type gibberish in a chat room, lines of random text or numbers, this merely annoys chatters, and in some rooms can get you expelled.
  • DON'T use foul language in chat rooms. This is often grounds for expelling OR banning permanently from a chat room.
  • DON'T flood a chat room with repeated typing of the same word or number - this can cause you to be auto-expelled in many rooms.
  • DO follow the rules and regulations for a chat room. If you have question about certain rules contact the administrator or HOST of a chat room.
  • DON'T disrespect other chatters. If you do not agree with a chatter, express your opinion in a respectful manner. Always remember to treat other chatters as YOU would want to be treated.
  • DO put a chatter on IGNORE if the chat room has this feature if you are being bothered AND always report this to the room administrator or HOST on duty.
  • DON'T enter a chat room posing as another chatter, or take another chatter's nickname.
  • DON'T use your real name as your nickname.
  • DO have fun!

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