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Children and Online Etiquette: What Do They Need To Know?

I began to think about how etiquette online will effect this generation of children that are growing up in this booming age of new technologies.  As it seems, there is no way to avoid the technology that will most likely become a large part of children growing up in this age of evolving technological devices.  As Kevin Kelly states in his article “Becoming Screen Literate” that, “Everywhere we look, we see screens.”  It is becoming a part of our culture.   Children need to be aware of etiquette online, also known as “netiquette,” because it directly affects them and is going to be a daily part of their lives.

While it may be easier for children growing up in this age of technology to adapt to new technologies because they have seen it since they were young, they may not know all of the “netiquette” rules.  As Laila Weir states it the article “Behaveyourself.com:  Online Manners Matter” that, “Understanding how to interact online safely and effectively is, and will be, ever more critical.  As today’s students grow older, they’ll be using the Internet to apply to colleges and jobs, and to communicate with colleagues.”  Children and students in this generation will be more likely to use the Internet to do these types of activities.  How they act online, what they say, and how they portray themselves will matter.  It is a different world now because it used to be that you did a lot of tasks, like applying for a job, by interacting face to face.  The person could interpret what you were saying easier because they could directly hear and see you.  Nowadays, people are using the Internet to apply to jobs and communicate with others.  It can be hard to tell if you are saying something in a certain way online, through an email or message, because people cannot read your body language or hear your voice directly.  People may take what you say in a different way than you intended.  This is why as Weir states, “Yet our children, however much they seem to have been born with iPods growing out their ears, haven’t learned to handle digital communications by osmosis, any more than they innately knew how to write a resume or hold a fork.”  So, even though children are using technology at a young age, they are not innately born with the online etiquette skills that are so important in this day and age.

With this in mind, I think that parents and educators need to begin to teach children what netiquette is, especially when they begin to use social networking sites.  It needs to be known that what you post online can have consequences and come back and affect you in the future.  I think that being careful about what you post on social media sites, or say about others, is one of the biggest etiquette rules to follow.  Children and students need to be able to communicate online in an effective manner because, let’s face it, we are turning into a culture of screens and technology.  A lot of things done face-to-face can now be done online, and it seems to be the most natural way for this generation of children and students to communicate.  With guidance about what the rules of etiquette online are, I think that this generation growing up in this booming and evolving world of technology, can use it to their advantage, communicate effectively, and learn how to appropriately present themselves online.

Here’s a site that you can use to help teach children about manners and etiquette online:  http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/manners-digital-age

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Inspiration All Around

For this assignment, I was required to blog about an educator I decided to follow on Twitter. While to some this may seem easy, I found myself very overwhelmed by the entire process. The mass amount of people on Twitter led to massive amount of people who called themselves educators. Weeding out the good profiles form the bad profiles took a while, but ultimately I found some very inspiring and interesting educators to follow on Twitter.

The one educator I have chosen to discuss is Joan Young and her twitter name is @flourishingkids  and quite honestly you should really consider following her. What I learned from Joan Young’s Twitter page is that she is an elementary teacher and an academic coach. I found this very interesting because I am not even sure what an academic coach is. Immediately I was interested so I decided to dig further, and I was very pleased with everything I read. Joan Young describes herself as “having a passion for building efficacy in kids.” She is also the author of “25 Super Sight Word Songs & Mini-Books” which was published by Scholastic. She also has a blog, http://www.allkidscanflourish.blogspot.com , which she runs daily along with keeping up with  her Twitter account. Joan Young has 8,451 followers but in the past few days I have been following her that number grows quickly.

What I found most inspiring about her was her dedication to all different fields in Education. Along with all of the above mentioned accomplishments, she is well versed in using technology to benefit her classroom and students. All of these aspects make her a great educational role model and a great resource to follow on Twitter. Twitter provides the easy access to her interests, ideas, views, and blog. Most of her followers consist of other educators, administrators, people in the educational technology field, and there appeared to be some aspiring students like myself! She tweets about different types of technology she used or liked, educational issues, or just about her personal experience in the classroom which leads to many discussions from other educators and professionals in the field from all over the country ( and sometimes even the world!) Many of the people Joan Young follows are also credible resources for educational topics and when I started to skim through them I found many more people who I would like to follow because of how inspiring they are!

There are a few main reasons why I found Joan Young so inspiring. First, she teaches the age group I would like to and provides clear examples of how she uses technology every day in her classroom. I hope to one day be able to do this as well as many of the people I have now followed on Twitter, so what better way to learn than from a source who is clearly successful! Second, I admire how she has branched off into all different fields of educations, from writing blogs to writing published books! This is also something I aspire to do, so I feel like she would be a good person to talk to about these ideas and dreams of mine. Finally, she just seems very cool, personable, and down to earth.

twitter-for-educationOverall, I really enjoyed the experience of going and finding educators on Twitter. This had made me realize what a good information, networking, and advertising tool Twitter can be. I look forward to being able to participate in the education twitter dsicussion/debates once I have a classroom of my own!

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The Fairies at the Bottom of Margaret Atwood’s Twitter

Margaret Atwood and I have a few things in common. She’s a lady; I’m a lady. She has a twitter; I have a twitter. She writes stuff; I write stuff. Yet those are where our outstanding similarities end. After all, she has around 400,000 followers on Twitter—I just checked—while I have less than twenty. Oh, and she’s published and has several full-length novels. I’m nowhere close.

The real reason I’m thinking about Atwood at all is because I was assigned to read this blog post of hers in one of my classes.  I must confess, I’ve never read any of her work before, but after that post, I’m putting her on my list. Seriously, her first sentence is this: “A long time ago—less than a year ago in fact, but time goes all stretchy in the Twittersphere, just as it does in those folksongs in which the hero spends a night with the Queen of Faerie and then returns to find that a hundred years have passed and all his friends are dead… where was I?”  The analogy doesn’t have much to do with the content of the post, but I seriously love stories like that. I mean, the word ‘Faerie’ is in my username.

The real interesting part of this post, however, isn’t the sadly short-lived fantasy metaphors. Atwood writes about creating her Twitter account, despite the fact that she “thought it was for kiddies.” But what really connects to the purpose of this blog is the way she describes her followers, which really shows the way etiquette on the internet is totally different from the etiquette of “real life”, face-to-face interactions . Evidently, one of her earlier followers tweeted Atwood saying, “I love it when old ladies blog.”

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While the comment isn’t malicious, and Atwood certainly seems more amused than offended, it just isn’t something someone would say in person. Think it? Sure. Say it to a friend? Sure. But definitely not directly to her, as was done on Twitter. Can you imagine someone going up to her at a book signing and saying something like, “Oh my god, the fact that old ladies like you have a Twitter is so cute!” Probably not. Seems kinda rude in person, doesn’t it?

Even though things like that seem like they would be rude, Atwood is still “well pleased with [her] followers.” She even enjoys the way they pick at her typos and “tease without mercy.” Now, I doubt anybody would do something like that to her favorite author in person. Most people are too nervous to really be themselves. Yet, on Twitter, when there’s a screen and miles and miles in between, the playing field is equal. People are less afraid to play around and make jokes with even Atwood. Don’t get me wrong, this can and does lead to people being nastier and crueler to each other. But in Atwood’s case, it worked out—she likes the difference in etiquette just fine. To her, it’s “like having 33,000 precocious grand children.” Or, now, 400,000 of them.

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