Netiquette, Towards Being an ETHICAL Netizen

As you may know, I have previously launched this blended learning platform. I have already checked your first online performance tasks. So far, so good (you may check every Monday at 5 PM for the performance evaluation). 

I thank you all for this as this will not be possible without your cooperation.

I know that most of you are already adept in navigating the online social scene, but how would you fare if you are to rate your digital footprint? Have you been practicing netiquette?

If you are quite unsure of your answer, then this week’s lesson will give you a more thorough awareness of your social media activity.

NOTE: By the way, you may be confused as I am using two FB accounts: Ray Penaranda and Baby Ray Blog. The former is my personal account and what I use in checking your output while the latter will update you on the general activity of the website that hosts your learning modules.

If you want to contact me directly, contact me at Ray Penaranda messenger, and I will also share the posts regarding your module posted on Baby Ray Blog.

– Netiquette
– Importance
– Reflection
2Practical TASK 01ReasoningSocial Media Engagement, Essay
3Practical TASK 02CreativeCaption Writing,Graphic Design
4Content ASSESSMENTKnowledgeHard-copy output

The Core Rules of Netiquette – Summary

Source: Shea, V  (May 1994). Netiquette. Albion Books. Pages 32-34

It is not mandatory, but I encourage you to read the digital copy of the book here:

Rule 1. Remember the human.
Never forget that the person reading your mail or posting is, indeed, a person, with feelings that can be hurt.
Corollary 1 to Rule #1: It’s not nice to hurt other people’s feelings.
Corollary 2: Never mail or post anything you wouldn’t say to your reader’s face.
Corollary 3: Notify your readers when flaming.

Asimov’s Robotic Law revolves around humans because we are after all the primary carers of our world and society. 

Rule 2. Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life.
Corollary 1: Be ethical.
Corollary 2: Breaking the law is bad Netiquette.

Just because you’re conversing through a screen does not mean that you have to treat others less. Treat everyone as you want to be treated.

Rule 3. Know where you are in cyberspace.
Corollary 1: Netiquette varies from domain to domain.
Corollary 2: Lurk before you leap.

Read. Read. Read. Is it not frustrating when someone does a task without following the instructions? Most social platforms have rules and regulations that users should follow.

Rule 4. Respect other people’s time and bandwidth.
Corollary 1: It’s OK to think that what you’re doing at the moment is the most important thing in the universe, but don’t expect anyone else to agree with you.
Corollary 2: Post messages to the appropriate discussion group.
Corollary 3: Try not to ask stupid questions on discussion groups.
Corollary 5: When appropriate, use private email instead of posting to the group.
Corollary 6: Don’t post subscribe, unsubscribe, or FAQ requests.
Corollary 7: Don’t waste expert readers’ time by posting basic information.
Corollary 8: If you disagree with the premise of a particular discussion group, don’t waste the time and bandwidth of the members by telling them how stupid they are. Just stay away.
Corollary 9: Conserve bandwidth when you retrieve information from a host or server.

Rule 5. Make yourself look good online.
Corollary 1: Check grammar and spelling before you post.
Corollary 2: Know what you’re talking about and make sense.
Corollary 3: Don’t post flame-bait.

Not just physically, but also value substance on whatever you post. Do not post nonsensical. Think before you click. Check whether you put value in the webspace.

Rule 6. Share expert knowledge.
Corollary 1: Offer answers and help to people who ask questions on discussion groups.
Corollary 2: If you’ve received email answers to a posted question, summarize them and post the summary to the discussion group.

Social media is a good source of information from people who have first-hand experience. Give back to the community by sharing your factual information.

Rule 7. Help keep flame wars under control.
Corollary 1: Don’t respond to flame-bait.
Corollary 2: Don’t post spelling or grammar flames.
Corollary 3: If you’ve posted flame-bait or perpetuated a flame war, apologize.

Flame wars are exchanges of bad words initiated by the heat of the moment. Breathe. If something upsets you over the internet, have a break. Do not fight fire with fire. Stop feeding the trolls, disengage, and don’t mind them.

Rule 8. Respect other people’s privacy.
Don’t read other people’s private email.

I know that this may pose a challenge as most Filipinos don’t have a concept of personal space. We have a clannish stance on most matters. However, as everything is public online, it is best to practice boundaries.

Rule 9. Don’t abuse your power.
The more power you have, the more important it is that you use it well.

Power can cloud our judgment. We validate our identity based on the likes we get and the compliments we receive. Keep your head clear of all of these and know that power only consumes the weak.

Rule 10. Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes.
You were a network newbie once too!

There’s wisdom as we age. Apply that to any circumstances. Have more patience for others who are still in the learning stage.


There are many reasons why it is important to uphold netiquette such as preventing relationships from being destroyed and avoiding toxic webspace. Let’s take a more scientific approach and read on snippets of a research study.

Source: KUMAZAKI, SUZUKI, KATSURA, SAKAMOTO, and KASHIBUCHI (2011). The Effects of Netiquette and ICT Skills on School-bullying and Cyber-bullying: The Two-wave Panel Study of Japanese Elementary, Secondary, and High School Students. International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences 29 (2011) 735 – 741. 

You may continue reading here (non-obligatory):

ICT skills are one of the must-have skills in the Information Age almost workplace employed computerized transaction. Unfortunately, others are still using it to terrorize and attack people. Our social media presence is a reflection of our physical lives – such as presented in the image above, second highlight.

Education is one of the key factors in shaping our society. An increase in the level of awareness will do wonders on how we judge what appropriate actions to take.

I understand that some of you are not as adept as your other classmates and may not know the damage you may cause by clicking a button. When in doubt, check the core rule of netiquette.

Reflection: The Week 13 lesson was about how our identity extends to social presence, this week is another opportunity towards self-betterment and being mindful of our actions in social media. Answer the following question mentally:

  • What is the most memorable post you uploaded? 
  • Has any of your posts caused hurt or suffering to others? 
  • How many core rules of netiquette have you disobeyed? 
  • If you were to add another rule/s to the netiquette, what would it be?


One of your performance tasks last week was setting up an FB account. Now, we are going to explore its other features.

Social media is an effective platform for publicizing your thoughts and ideas. Here are some FB features that engage its users and audience:

  • Like: Aside from the famous “thumbs-up” there are other icons that you can click to show your reaction. This includes Love, Care, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Anger.
  • Comment: If the reaction is not sufficient to show your emotion, you may click this button to add your thoughts.
  • Share: Let your other FB friends know a post that you like. 


  1. Go to Baby Ray Blog FB Page.
  2. Click the January 27 Post:
  3. Click the react button and choose an emoji.
  4. Click the share button and post it to your newsfeed.
  5. Answer the question on the graphics (3-5 sentences in “English” language). 

I will be evaluating your answer by reacting and replying to your comment. See the sample screenshot below. Take note of what is inside the green box.


Create your own FB post that contains: (1) caption, (2) graphics, and (3) FB features – reaction, share, and comment/s. 

The caption should not be plagiarized. You may use design tools and image hosting sites for your graphics needs. If you used additional materials, please cite the source/s accordingly. 

Wait at least 6 hours to pass your output as this will measure the engagements you have for your post. Please include the reactions you garnered and comment snippets (1 comment would suffice), if there are any. 

IMPORTANT! Once posted, tag me in the comment section. This is how I will evaluate your task. This is how you should comment on your post: Done Week 14’s Performance Task 02 Sir @Ray Penaranda, please check. Thanks!

For those students under sections Talisay, Almaciga, Mahogany, Yakal, and Kamagong, please tag: @Norelaine Taberara Alcaide.

To those under sections Acacia, Lauan, and Narra, please tag: @Jonathan Vergara.


True or False. Write “TRUE” if the statement is true and “FALSE” if otherwise.

______ 1. Albion is the author of the book Netiquette.
______ 2. When posting, grammar and spelling are not important.
______ 3. We can engage in flame when someone does not agree with our opinions online.
______ 4. To respect other people’s time, we should not read FAQs.
______ 5. Using bad words is acceptable netiquette.