"Chatiquette" is the etiquette of the Internet chatting world. Practicing good manners while in an online chat room will not only help you make friends faster but will keep you from inadvertently getting booted out of one. Below is a listing of the top 15 chat room etiquette rules. Review them before sitting down for your next chat room adventure.
15 Rules for the Chat Room
1) Do not provide personal information
Adults should be very wary of providing personal information to anyone in a chat room such as your address, telephone number or personal e-mail address. In most cases, you never really know to whom you are actually talking.
2) Listen briefly before chatting
When first entering a chat room, it is considered proper "chatiquette" to "listen" quietly for a few minutes before jumping into the conversation. If the atmosphere of the conversation or its content is not what you are looking for, simply leave and try another one.
3) Show respect for others
Show respect for other participants in the chat room. If you do not agree with a fellow chatter's opinion, express your position in a respectful manner. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
4) Do not "yell"
Do not continually use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS in a chat room. It is considered yelling and is rude.
5) Do not use gibberish
Typing lines of gibberish (lines of random letters or numbers) is annoying to fellow chatters and could get you booted out of the room.
6) Do not use foul language
In kids' chat rooms, cursing can get you banned from the room. In adult chat rooms, it is considered not only poor etiquette but is perceived as offensive behavior by many chatters.
7) Do not "flood" a chat room
Flooding is repeatedly typing and sending the same words or numbers to the chat room. Some rooms will automatically ban you for violation of this rule.
8) Do not share private information
Remember that your chat is not private. Chat programs on chat servers are file oriented and all posts (messages) are recorded within these files. Conduct yourself in the chat room with this in mind.
9) Include everyone
Do not confine your chat to one person only. Others in the chat room may take offense or feel left out.
10) Block offensive chatters
If someone in the chat room is offensive, ignore that person. Use the IGNORE feature offered by the chat room to block out messages sent by the offensive person. An offensive person will usually tire of talking to himself/herself and soon leave. If the room is monitored, report the ID to the chat room administrator.
11) Know the chatroom's guidelines
Always read the rules and/or general instructions of the room, usually located near the log-in point of the chat room, before entering the room. Each chat room has its own set of specific guidelines and rules which should be followed by participants.
12) Do not steal nicknames
Do not enter a room posing as another chatter or take another chatter's nickname.
13) Choose a generic ID
Never use your real name as your ID (nickname).
14) Express yourself
Plain text may not express the tone of your comments, which is why it's ok to use abbreviations, acronyms and emoticons within a chat room to assist you in the clarification of what you are saying.
15) Reply quickly
Don't worry about correcting typographical errors. They are expected, and can actually be a great source of humor for everyone ... including yourself. Note: If you spend too much time proofreading everything you type, your replies may be too slow and, thus, out of context by the time the message is posted.
10 Rules for Safer Chat for Kids
1) Get permission
ALWAYS ask for your parents' permission before joining a chat room.
2) Do not provide personal information
NEVER give out personal information such as your address, telephone number, parent's work address/telephone number, your personal e-mail address or the name and location of your school.
3) Choose A Generic e-mail
ALWAYS register for chat with a non-identifying e-mail address not one that includes your last name.
4) Only communicate on the Internet
NEVER agree to get together in person with someone you've "met" online.
5) Block out bothersome chatters
ALWAYS click on the IGNORE button within the chat room to block out a chatter who is bothering you.
6) Choose A Generic ID
NEVER use your real name as your ID (nickname).
7) Report offensive chatters
ALWAYS report people who are persistently bothering you in a chat room or who are breaking the rules of the room to the chat room monitor.
8) Do not give out critical information NEVER give out your Internet Provider number (IP number).
9) Chat ONLY in ROOMS approved FOR KIDS
ALWAYS go to chat rooms designated for kids and that are monitored by an adult.
10) Let your parents read privacy statement
NEVER register and then enter a chat room without first having your parents read and approve the privacy statement of the chat room.
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