Netiquette

Video Live Streaming Guidelines

Zoom training for students/families can be found here.

Live streaming should be done in a public room of the home (e.g. kitchen, dining room, home office). Whenever possible, parents/guardians should be in the home during live sessions.

Recording of the Zoom session is prohibited for students/families.

Individuals are discouraged from taking screenshots or pictures of others as they participate in the Zoom.

Distractions and background noises should be kept to a minimum.

Know how to mute and unmute your microphone.

Allow for “no camera.

Stage in front of a simple, uncluttered background (know what is in the background.)

Face your camera toward you as you sit in front of a wall, allowing minimal space for activity behind you.

Wear appropriate clothing during video meetings.

Use respectful behavior and language.

Be honest and show academic integrity.

School rules apply.

Etiquette for the Net


While using Canvas you may participate in discussions and peer reviews, as well as have the need to email your teachers and other school personnel for help. When you are communicating online it is often hard to clearly express yourself because facial expressions and gestures are not visible to your classmates and teachers. Follow these rules to be sure you are always expressing yourself clearly and respectfully. 
 

Think Before you Post

Image Credit: Thomas Galvez 

Before You Send or Post...

1. When writing an email...

Always start with a salutation ("Dear Mr. Smith" or "Hi, Pete!") and end with your signature (Karen Jones, 4th grade, math). 
Receiving the email "whats my password?" isn't clear nor polite.
Instead, add detail to your request,
     "Hi, Ms. Brown, I forgot my password to complete the homework assignment. Could you please send it to
     me. Thank you, Molly K., 2nd period LA"

2. Be nice

Building positive relationships is a huge part of your school life. What you say and how you say it will determine how you are treated and accepted by others. Always try to make your words and actions positive. 

  • Don't let your bad day come through in your writing or communication with others. We've all had bad days, but don't drag other students and teachers down with you. It definitely won't make your day any better. 
  • When peer-reviewing or commenting in a discussion list positive comments first, then the negative. Whether you need help with an assignment, participate in an online discussion, or are asked to do a peer review the goal is to receive help or give your helpful insight. We all react better when with kind words and actions. Review what you write before sending it out to others. 
  • Be clear and give examples to support your question or feedback. Often you need to explain why you are expressing a negative comment. If you can support your thought process in writing it helps others to understand what you wrote. 
  • In-person people may understand your jokes and sarcasm but this isn't always true online.  Think twice before typing what you feel is a funny response because others can't see your smile or body language. A winking emoticon may help, but a cutting statement can be easily misunderstood, and a smiling yellow face won't take away the feeling left by your words

3. Re-read before you post or send

  • There are no "take-backs" when you put something in writing. Re-read what you write before you send or publish it online. What is written is there forever.  You need to look objectively at your writing to see what others may read into your statement,
  • We all know, typing in all capital letters is SHOUTING at people. Use this sparingly, especially in emails and discussions, and only when you absolutely feel it is necessary to emphasize a word or feeling. Likewise, exclamation points can be interpreted as anger.
  • Emoticons are often helpful to relay your feelings in online discussions, emails, and feedback. A wink or a thumbs-up can often express what mear words can not. However nasty comments followed by a smiling yellow face do not take away hurtful words. 

4. Privacy

  • The School District has taken many precautions to keep your personal student information private. Once you enter your personal information on a public website that information can travel anywhere. For your safety and security do not enter personal contact information on a website that has not been screened by an adult in your household.
  • Don't share other student's email addresses outside of the School District domain. 
  • Don't email large groups of students to chat or disperse information unless the email is for educational purposes.
  • Teachers have a list of applications and websites where you may be asked to enter your school email.  These sites have been checked for their security before asking our students to provide information.
  • It is your responsibility to continue looking out for your safety and security by being wary of websites and applications you use outside of school.

5. Spam

Don't forward emails that are scary, political, spiritual, or to sell personal items. Your School District email is for educational purposes and should not be used for any other purpose. 

6. Board Policies

As in all aspects of Haverford schools, there are rules and policies enacted by the Board of School Directors that must be followed in school as well as when using an online platform.  

15 Rules of Discussion Board Netiquette

15 rules of online netiquette for students