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Digital Literacy: Netiquette and Internet Safety

digital literacy Netiquette and Internet Safety

The internet plays a huge part in our daily lives nowadays. We can even agree that without access to the internet, many aspects of our lives will become inconvenient. However, despite all the good things the internet can bring us, there are risks in using the internet, especially when we are not being careful and managing our usage well.

Therefore, there are digital literacy and ethics in using the internet that we need to understand, especially when we know that our online behavior can impact us and others.

Earlier this month, Sampoerna University had the opportunity to share the importance of ethics when using the internet with the students of SMP Negeri 174 Jakarta. Ms. Putri Yuni Lestari, Sampoerna University Information Systems Lecturer, and Tech. Lab. Coordinator from the Faculty of Engineering & Technology (FET), shared the background and data related to the topic, such as device ownership, internet connection speed, social media use, and our internet profiles.

digital literacy: Netiquette and Internet Safety

Ms. Putri further discussed the ethics of writing an email and how to properly and responsibly use social media. One of the highlights of the seminar is the discussion about Netiquette. “Netiquette, as we all probably already knew is a short from Internet and Etiquette, is a way of showing courtesy and respect to other internet users, just as you would in real life,” said Ms. Putri.

She further explained that written communication takes place without the benefit of body language, tone of voice, or facial expressions, which means there can be uncertainty about what someone is really saying.

The Internet may be about having fun, but you shouldn’t forget about your manners when using social media and other online platforms. Every internet user has the responsibility to behave properly online. Ms. Putri mentioned the following netiquettes for us to remember in order to be better netizens:

1.  Be aware of what you post online

2.  Be careful of what you say

3.  Be mindful of privacy

4.  Avoid sharing fake news

5.  Be truthful

6.  Credit the source when reposting

7.  Do not engage in cyberbullying and other internet crimes

8.  Share expert knowledge

9.  Recognize and respect diversity

10. Be careful when speaking about controversial topics

11. Be a human

12. and Don’t abuse your power

In Indonesia, the ethics of internet users are in need of more attention due to the high number of internet users. Research conducted by Microsoft regarding the Digital Civility Index (DCI) seems to be a pretty harsh slap for netizens in Indonesia.

The research results in 32 countries with 16,000 respondents stated that Indonesian netizens were the most disrespectful netizens in Southeast Asia. This is why it is critical for every internet user in Indonesia to understand the importance of netiquette and to properly apply it in their day-to-day life.

Ms. Putri also added important points about internet safety. New technologies, such as mobile communication and the internet, allow you to access information, shop, bank, watch films, and communicate from almost anywhere in the world. There are, however, downsides to information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Perhaps the most dangerous implication is the loss of privacy. Almost every time you use the internet there is a digital footprint left behind that can be tracked through both legal and illegal means. These are a few internet safety rules Ms. Putri had mentioned that we can follow to help us avoid getting into trouble online (and offline):

1.  Keep personal information limited and separate with professional information

2.  Keep your privacy settings on

3.  Practice safe browsing

4.  Make sure your internet connection is secure. Use a secure VPN connection

5.  Be careful what you download

6.  Choose strong passwords

7.  Make online purchases from secure sites

8.  Be careful what you post

9.  Be careful who you meet online

10. Keep your Antivirus program up to date

The last thing Ms. Putri emphasized regarding our presence on the internet is our digital wellbeing. The term is used to describe the impact that technologies and digital services have on our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Promoting a healthy use of technology will proactively help you to maintain positive mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing, such as monitoring your digital habit, setting boundaries, gadget-free mealtime, focus mode, prioritizing real-time relationships, reducing social media usage, and making digital ground rules.

At the end of the seminar, Ms. Putri provided an opportunity for students to ask questions about what has been presented. The students were extremely enthusiastic about the presentation as it was shown by the many interesting questions students asked.

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Sources: Seminar documentation,,,,