Parents usually teach their children how to be polite – saying please and thank you and to use basic manners when talking to people face to face. The same should be done with online behaviour. Digital etiquette can help children avoid and recognise cyber bullying, and what they should do if they spot it among their friends. For instance, sarcasm can be easily misinterpreted online and perceived as cyberbullying.
Sarcasm is not typically well received because it lacks the elements of tone, volume and facial expression that young people often forget about when communicating with others online or through text. An example of good digital etiquette is teaching your child to use sarcasm carefully or not at all. Also, not every message, comment, or text requires a response – at least not immediately and especially not when angry. Refraining from responding immediately is a skill to be learned and practiced, and parents can help their child build this skill over time. Learning to use good digital etiquette can help your child maintain healthy connections with people in person and online, thereby decreasing the chance of feeling rejected and lonely.