e-Courtesy & e-Respect

Hi Class! Read an article on online communications (CLICK HERE). Share your reaction. What do you agree/disagree with in the message? Should these guidelines be used for all online communication (both in school and everywhere else)?


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27 Responses to e-Courtesy & e-Respect

  1. JaXs0N says:

    Well I don’t really talk to anyone I don’t like and if I am sarcastic I will put: (sarcasm).
    And usually It will be a mistake or trying to get your attention. And I don’t usually put 🙁 unless it’s like my mom doesn’t let me have a sleep over or something like that.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Jaxson, you mention an important need to identify the tone of your message by adding (sarcasm). 2 people can read the same message and have different interpretations. This misinterpretation often leads to problems.

  2. sydney says:

    Most of those points are amazing but kids still do foolish things anyways. Kids like to use lots of smiley faces and more exclamation marks because they are using slang versions of the words. Using more capital letters and exclamation marks makes it sound like you are yelling. They don’t get that when you use slang all the time it becomes a habit and when something becomes a habit you will not have the proper language to communicate. Kids will have a hard time getting a job or writing an essay in University because they are not aloud to use slang. You can use slang and all upper case on your own time.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Great points Sydney! It is interesting to see how the two ways of writing will evolve in the years to come. Many people think slang is acceptable without considering their audience. When writing, always think about the audience (teacher, parent, friend) and use the expected writing style.

  3. spencer says:

    Yes because if you use all of the things they said (I won’t name them all because there are to many and it would take to long) then you will get better writing marks. But I don’t really go on the Internet much and I don’t talk to people online.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thank you for sharing Spencer. Have you considered the need to be polite when exchanging written communication online? This is something bigger than marks for writing.

      Quick Fix:
      ‘too’ many (not ‘to’)

  4. Kelsey says:

    Most of the paragraph is true, but when it said you shouldn’t use capital letters or lots of faces I didn’t agree. People think it makes you sound like your yelling but it really sounds like your exited or happy for the person. when kids use emotions/faces on the page its not normally to be mean, its more to show how your face is reacting about what person did or got. We use slang because when you type it is lot easier to type on a little keyboard. I sometimes use slang because I’m in a rush to type or I am really tired and feel sleepy. What do you think, is slang going to be here in 2020 or will it just get crazier?

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for sharing your ideas Kelsey. I try to use capitals and faces sparingly (and it depends on the audience I am writing for). I believe slang is here to stay, but I do not know how the academic world will mix with the slang world. What is more important: the content/idea of the message or the spelling/grammar of the message? I believe the answer is in the audience. Recognizing your audience and writing to their expectations is the key.

  5. emily! says:

    Why yes I believe in the message for typing in a good environment so no strange creepers could hack into other kids conversations and stalk the children so they would go missing and create curfuffle. So having kids having conversations to each other and learn more is .

  6. megan says:

    I agree that it is a good idea to use full words because if you don’t then when you write an essay and you use “r u” instead of “are you”or you are talking to a prison an you say “brb”or “gtg”or “lol” instead of “be right back” or “got to go”or “laugh out loud”

    • Mr. Bell says:

      This is good to hear Megan! Sadly, many students see slang and short form as acceptable in academic writing. Our texting/email habits are tough to break…the key is learning to use a proper form of writing for the audience we are sharing with.

  7. shaleyea says:

    I disagree with the written content because anyone,ANYONE can be on the other end. I don’t suggest letting your real name be out on the internet because some people out there in the world can track names through mail, licence plates, and even house addresses. My own strategies for internet safety are:
    1. If you don’t know them,don’t give out personal information.
    That’s all really,I wouldn’t follow the context that was there because for some strange reason it just doesn’t sound right.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      You bring up an important point about online safety Shaleyea. However, with so much communication happening online (especially for educational purposes), is it practical for learners to all have pen names (fake names)?

      Without question, never give out personal information online. This is one of the reasons we only use a first name on our blog.

      • shaleyea says:

        I always keep personal information to myself, it’s my absolute rule with the internet. Because with the technology we have today someone can track you with the location of your computer signal. It’s insane about how people can figure things out!

  8. kayla says:

    sometimes i use all caps but it’s because i use a capital letter and forget it on i don’t really talk to people online that much and i agree that people should use this all for online communication.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      You raise a good point Kayla about the time needed to go back and fix things when Caps Lock is left on. Keep in mind that people may see this yelling by the person sending the message.

      Quick Fix:
      – I is always a capital letter.

  9. serena says:

    I think we should all have a safe typing environment because so many bad things happen on the Internet like bullying and such.i really hope that kids and even adults can have a safe typing environment.The Internet is really not safe but i hope it will start to get safer.And i totally agree with what the thing said about not saying something sarcastic back to the person unless its like a joke or something like that

    • Mr. Bell says:

      You are right Serena when you say everyone should be safe online. To get to this safe environment, people exchanging words must do so in a polite and constructive manner. Often sarcasm, happiness and sorrow cannot be accurately expressed online because people interpret words differently (especially with no body language to observe).

      Quick Fix:
      – I is always capitalized.

  10. Shace shahbazi says:

    I disagree that we have to use full words like instead of thanks we can say thx and if we use what we can use wat… And if we use there names it is kind but not many people do that. i agree that u should read the questions carefully cause it could get rid of friendships and relationships… you should complement you’re peers because it makes them feel good about them self. If you use caps on every word it can also show you’re pointing something out to someone!

    • Mr. Bell says:

      You provide many interesting points to think about Shace. If everyone used slang and short forms of words (not just your friends and peers), what would the impact be?

      Quick Fix:
      – their names (belonging to them)

  11. Gabrielle says:

    I disagree because giving out your personal information on the internet it’s dangerous. People can find you easier than you think. They might lie about their age to. 1. Ask your parents before talking to someone online or make sure your parents no that you are talking to someone online. 2. Make sure you never meet up with a stranger from online. Thats very dangerous!

    • Mr. Bell says:

      You provide some very important Internet safety tips – thanks! What steps should be taken when students are required to communicate electronically as a part of their learning activities? Can students be trusted to communicate politely or should they be taught how?

      Quick Fix:

      – that is very dangerous = that’s very dangerous

  12. rayne:D says:

    I believe in this message because people do just use slang words, and it becomes a bad habbit. Kids do use slang, and once you get older things will get harder because you have been using slang your whole life. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use slang but you should at least have boundry so you don’t use slang all the time when you don’t even notice you’re using slang.

    • Mr. Bell says:

      Thanks for your comments Rayne. Just as using slang is habit forming, so to is use proper spelling, grammar, etc… Recognize your audience and use an acceptable/expected form of writing.

  13. Jada says:

    I believe that kids use too muck slang and it is being used without knowing. Ex; writing, talking and email. People should have boundries so it will not become a habbit.

    More to come……

    • Mr. Bell says:

      You raise a great point Jada about the habits that are formed when slang is used regularly. The communication style you use must be appropriate for the audience.

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