Online Etiquette and your Legal Responsibilities
There are so many ways to communicate electronically today. Email, Social Media, Twitter and Blogs to name a few. It is so important to be aware of online etiquette and your responsibilities when communicating online. It is also important to be aware that some forms of communicating are illegal and could get the author into BIG trouble.
When it comes to Blogs, the owner is the administrator and is responsible for approving any comments before they can be published. This means that if any negative or inappropriate comments are posted, the administrator WILL NOT publish these comments. In fact the exercise of writing such comments becomes a little fruitless, as no such comments will see the light of the internet.
What is also very important to remember when writing comments online, anything that is inappropriate or offensive can be forwarded onto the POLICE for further investigation. It is also important to note that passing yourself off as some else, by creating an email account in another person’s name, is a CRIME. It is called IDENTITY THEFT.
Please note that every time someone makes a comment, their unique IP address is included and this IP address gives the POLICE the name and address of the account holder. Wireless, Dial up, ADSL and Smart phone accounts all have an unique IP address.
So remember to think about what you write online. Keep it as positive, polite, friendly and respectful as you would offline.
When communicating within online learning systems you are expected to follow the same standards of behaviour as you would in a classroom situation and obey the rules of online etiquette:
Never use language that could be found offensive. Never attack others personally
and don’t act in a way that could constitute harassment, bullying or discrimination.
So remember to think about what you write online. Keep it positive, polite, friendly and respectful
Click on this link to see what the Victorian Police have to say about Cyber bullying and harassment.
Click on this link to see what the Victorian Police have to say about Identity Theft