- Do not give out information about yourself or your family without permission
- Do not respond to anything online that makes you feel uncomfortable, and tell your parents about it
- Do not meet with anyone you met online without your parents permission
- Do not open or accept emails, files, links, URLs, or anything else from people you don't know or trust
- Never give your password to anyone but your parents or guardians
* Revised from the "America Links Up" campaign at www.americalinksup.org
- Always learn and follow the acceptable use policy.
- Don't tie up computers in public labs by playing games when other people need to work and are waiting for a terminal.
- Always end your messages with your name and email address.
- Always include a subject heading in emails.
- Only forward a message if it is appropriate and if doing so will not harm the reputation or the writer. If in doubt, get permission to forward the message from the original sender.
- Use judicious quoting in email.
- Take reasonable care with your punctuation and spelling, and don't write in all capitals.
- In you quote an email in another venue - a paper, article, online essay, etc. - try to get permission from the writer you are quoting.
- Always give proper credit for anything you use or find on the Internet.
- Make sure you write down all the information needed for others to go to the source you have cited.
- Never use shareware (software available to the public at low prices and paid for on the honor system) without paying the fee for it.
- If you get flamed, do not flame in return. Stay cool and respond with wit and good humor.
* Taken from Writing Online: A Student's Guide to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Crump & Carbone. 2nd edition. Houghton Mifflin. New York. 1998.