Netiquette Resources for Today's Catholic Family


This morning on the Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick, we discussed the topic of “Netiquette”, defined on Wikipedia as “a set of social conventions that facilitate interaction over networks, ranging from Usenet and mailing lists to blogs and forums”. A recent conversation with my teenage sons, both of whom I consider to have terrific manners, reminded me that some things we moms may take for granted are not always apparent to our teens or younger children.

A few consistent themes emerge when discussing netiquette:

  • Learn and employ the art of thank you notes – When presented with a gift, a handwritten thank you note is always in order. After a job interview or other professional courtesy, an immediate email followed by a typed thank you letter is appropriate.
  • Avoid email gaffes – Don’t automatically “reply all”, use BCC appropriately, avoid “text speak” or bad abbreviations and respect privacy issues. Don’t send emails in anger – when in doubt, save a draft of your work, walk away, say a prayer and return to it thirty minutes later.
  • Be consistent – Some folks employ a personality online that is not consistent with their “IRL”(in real life) values and beliefs. Choosing anonymity online in public forums is your choice, but remember that your actions online also affect the person you are inside. Don’t be “that guy” – avoid flame wars, be gracious, be courteous and reflect yourself and your family appropriately.


I found a terrific, concise guide to Netiquette by Virginia Shea here.  Today, take a few moments to discuss these topics with your children on the way to school or at the dinner table. You’ll be amazed at what you learn from them! This conversation is continuing at my Facebook profile, so jump in with your comment below or on Facebook to share your insights on Netiquette.

Here’s a helpful and quick video overview on good Netiquette:

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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