PBIS with Netiquette

Guidelines for Online Communication, Safety, and Preparedness.



What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
PBIS is a process for teaching and supporting Positive Behavior in school. Waupaca School District has been very consistent with students with the use of it's PBIS language with students.

The Waupaca Way 
Be Responsible. Be Respectful. Be Safe. Be Prepared.

What is Netiquette?

Netiquette is a set rules of etiquette that apply when communicating over computer networks, especially the Internet. In short, it is 'manners' for the internet. These rules can apply to email, social media, discussion forums, and basically anything where communication is a goal. This is a process in which we are able to interact online, without causing disrespect to others.

PBIS and Netiquette are similar, because PBIS is about communication, and treating everyone as we would like to be treated. It is about being safe, and creating a better community. Being ready to work and learn. These are all things that we should do in person, and online.


These are guidelines for students and teachers for internet use, using the language from PBIS.

I am Responsible online.
  • I create a positive identity. I represent myself genuinely, I am not anonymous.
  • I add new content, and post wisely.
  • I give constructive criticism, not trolling, griefing, or other nasty behavior. I give back to the online community.
  • I follow rules of websites. I do not lie about my age to gain access to websites.
  • I create new things. When I do not, I do not steal other people’s content. I borrow responsibly, and cite proper credit when I do borrow.
I am Respectful online.
  • I treat others as I would like to be treated.
  • I use kind words.
  • I am tolerant of others, and their ideas. Build up, rather than tear down.
  • I am careful of the use of the CAPS lock. Capitals are the equivalent of ‘shouting’ online.
  • I use clues to show emotion. Emoticons or Emoji can help to show feeling while writing.
  • I use my manners… I write or say “thank you,” “excuse me,” “please,” and “I’m sorry.”
I am Safe online.
  • I use my technology in a space at home that can be supervised by an adult. If I have problems, I can talk to someone.
  • I communicate with people I know online. I do not accept requests from strangers. I do not share personal information with people I do not know.
  • I report bullying incidents. I always screenshot incidents. I don’t just delete.
  • I feel free to talk to a trusted adult, teacher, or school administrator when problems occur.
  • I logout of my accounts, after I am finished using a computer that is not mine.
I am Prepared with my technology.
  • I can keep track of my computer and other technologies.
  • I can make sure my technology is ready to be used, and it has had it’s proper charging time.
  • I keep my technology safe in it’s case or protection and carry it well.
  • I report problems with my technology to my teacher or my parent when it happens.

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