I use this contract to explain to students the importance of 'Netiquette. It covers 10 main areas of importance, 9 of which are based on the work of Virginia Shea. Students learn about
-Following rules and respecting the technology.
-Thinking about how their words and actions online effect the human beings who read them.
-The life-long consequences for all online behavior.
-Sharing knowledge in a respectful and appropriate manner
After they read the explanation for each of the 10 rules, students put the rule into their own words. At the end of the assignment, students sign a pledge stating they understand the rules and the consequences for breaking those rules.
I have included both a word version and a pdf. I did this to allow you to edit the information to meet the needs of your particular classroom environment.