Netiquette means good behavior online, netin label.

Hundreds of millions of people use the internet, so you may also run into bad behavior there as well. Each of us can make using the internet comfortable and flexible by following common rules.

Good manners should not deviate from normal face-to-face communication, even when the environment is the Internet.

Be polite and kind when sending emails or participating in a forum.

If you’re arguing online, don’t hold back and don’t oppress other critics.

Things written on the web may remain there permanently, so it’s important to think about what to write or what kind of pictures to share online.

Works published online are protected by copyright and use requires permission from the author. The netiquette therefore includes the determination of access rights. Before use, determine if access to the material is free or restricted.

People of different ages with different backgrounds and experiences are involved in the online discussions. This can complicate the conversation when the ways of acting and speaking can be very different, and it is not possible to see the facial expressions and gestures of the other in the conversation. Humor in particular can sometimes be misinterpreted.

Always think about what you write online. Ask yourself: Is my text true? Is my text relevant? Is my text necessary? If the answer is yes, it is likely that people will understand the message correctly. If the answer is no, the text can be interpreted as trolling.

Be yourself. There are a wide variety of people online, and not everything is what it looks like. Don’t lie about your own age or appearance, it’s not in line with netiquette. Always think carefully before telling anyone online about your personal information, such as your name, phone number, or home address.

When you are smart and safe online, spending time there is relaxing and comfortable. The users behind the nicknames and email addresses are real people. Kindness and tolerance are good qualities that are noticed even in the online environment.

If you encounter inappropriate use or anything suspicious on the Internet, discuss it with your parent, teacher, or youth worker, for example. They know how to intervene.