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Etiquette: Texting, Email, Cell Phone and all that Technology

Girl Texting

As a certified etiquette consultant, I am not going to tell any parent what to do or how to do it.   Protocols and guidelines need to be set today for behavior and life skills.

•  Make sure your children know that everyone sees what they are texting-ALWAYS- Know that words never go away and can be recovered even when deleted.  So when they text, have them make believe you the parent are reading the text before it is sent.

•  Have your children and you place a lock on their phone so no one sees your child’s calls or text

•  Protect your children with privacy settings on Facebook, MySpace, and iChat(Carefully read the instructions)

•  Never allow your children to have a computer in their room.  It’s much to tempting

•  Parents… is a website that allows you to learn the “web-language”

•  Protect your child against people and peers that intrude on their privacy.

•  Turn off the cell phone and computer at night.  Set the guidelines.

Technology is quick, exciting and fun when used properly.  Guidelines are needed so your children are not a victim of a privacy breach.


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Telephone Skills: Playdate appointment

Parents assume children know how to do this properly.  Have your child start by making their own playdate with another friend.

Telephone Etiquette for Children

•  Pick up the phone:  cell or home

•  Dial the telephone number correctly and explain area codes in Florida if this applies.

•  Have the phone ring at least 7-8 times.

•  If someone answers the phone, say “Hello, May I speak to Alex? This is Zach.

•  If Alex’s mom picks up the phone,  have your son explain why he is calling if the parent ask.

•  If Alex answers the phone, ask if he can speak(is it a good time to talk)then bring up the time, place and day of the playdate.

Parents, allow you children to do this as long as the time has been discussed first.

Remember to not call too early, too late, or during mealtimes.

Principles of Etiquette by Beth Geduld

Filed under: ETIQUETTE, Telephone Skills

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