We are bound to certain ruled manners and norms in any social environment we strive hard to be a part of. Those are termed as etiquette signifying the ethical code of conduct, the underlying guidelines to adhere within a communal group.
There could be various etiquette we are aware of and got ourselves trained in few during life and social skills modules.
But not much light is been shed on the world of cyberspace, where we spent our significant amount of time. If you thought to exhibit manners to the people unmet online and show respect toward their privacy. Then you are self aware about the Netiquette – online ethics towards others sharing the same space.
The two go to points one should refer when speaking about online morale code is
- If we cant say it in real, don’t do it online
- If we cant expose it in public, don’t share it online
There is nothing presumably right when it comes to virtual, but whats precarious is whether it is accepted and acknowledged in the right way across the board.
Sending abusive messages, posting embarrassing photos of others, seeking online revenge or spreading mean online rumours are not considered as prerogatives one reaps out of the hidden online identity. It signifies deep rooted problems with the way we perceive things virtually and the way we blemish oneself; our true self.
Some of the unethical practices done by few tamper the image of many virtually untainted ones.
Impersonation: Disguised under a persons identity or gaining access by malicious way to defame them or humiliate others.
Doxxing: if you witnessed the personal identity being sacrificed and the information is been revealed in order to extract revenge or hackers personal benefit.
Harassment: Posting explicit threat or intimidating abuses in order to attack the person.
Cyber-stalking: Monitor a person’s online activity through constant tracking and violating their personal space in-order to hurt them. For read more about cyberstalking, check out our blog post : Cyberstalking: Who’s watching you?
Trickery: Most common and voluminous means of crime went hidden because of revealing personal Identity. Factor of deception comes in to play, they befriend; gains trust; lure in to the trap and finally extract sensitive information which could be crucial to open out in public. Therefore the trick hold is secured tight and you are entrapped.
Masquerading: There are few accounts online created with the sole intent of performing these distress online behavioral acts and torment others in order to seek supremacy.
Flaming/Trolling: These activities are spurred at the heat of the moment in order to incite fights online, using profane language towards someone and cause trauma.
Being in an internet fanatic is not a know all but not understanding the nuances of what it brings to the table or what addons it offers to your real life is tricky. We should be able to differentiate the pitfalls and privileges.
Heard of the golden rule while you think about virtual space. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” but I would like to reiterate by “Do not do unto others if you don’t want others do unto you”