Online communities have created a group of anonymous beings who believe that rude, hateful, and inappropriate comments can be made if they hide behind a nickname.. So how can you make sure that your online behavior is respectful and sincere?
Remember the Golden Rule. Always treat people the way you’d want them to treat you. Always remember that there are other people lurking behind those cute profile pictures, and try to treat them with the same respect you’d treat them with if they were sitting across the table from you. You wouldn’t brazenly insult someone sitting directly in front of you, so you want to avoid that kind of behavior online as well. Before you post any kind of content online, think about exactly what you’re saying. Is it mean or derogatory? Does it defame the character of another person? Would you be upset if someone posted the same comments about you? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, consider keeping those comments to yourself.
Hold yourself accountable for your actions online. It’s easy to hide behind a username or other forms of anonymity online, but that doesn’t make it the right thing to do. The ability to speak anonymously online has allowed people to communicate with fewer filters than before, making it easier to launch damaging attacks on someone without fear of repercussions. Many sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and now YouTube, require members to use their full names, and it’s a good start to creating civility online. When you comment online, use your real name to hold yourself accountable. Not only will it make you think twice about posting less than appropriate content, it’ll create credibility for you on Google and will help you start creating your own online search results.