Communication and Relationships
Common Sense Media ties communication online to relationship-building. As people connect more virtually, more often and in a variety of settings, it is important to understand that what may be clear in a face to face exchange can be complicated by the limitations of online exchanges. The ability to communicate in the virtual forums requires what is often referred to as “netiquette.” No communication is truly anonymous in the virtual world.Simple rules can keep communication productive and strengthen relationships:
- Respect other participants and know that online communication is very personal and more easily misinterpreted.
- Only say online what you would say standing three feet away from another person.
- Reflect before hitting send - who are writing to and if forwarded would you feel confident in the message being received as you intended.
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