Teaching Internet Etiquette

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“Say please.”

“Say thank you.”

“Cover your mouth.”

“Be nice.”

“Treat others how you’d like to be treated.”

“Use your manners.”

Every parent has had to correct their kids in one way or another when it comes to manners and how to treat others.  There’s a certain underlying etiquette in our society when it comes to manners and behaviors when around others.  We’ve moved on from caveman grunts and groans and have adapted a modern approach to dealing with others…well, most of us have anyway.

But when it comes to the internet, some of us still have caveman tendencies.  Technology has moved above and beyond what I ever thought possible.  Just a short 10 years ago there was no way I’d ever thought I could watch movies on a phone or have my kids download game apps or connect with old friends via social networking.  The rapid rise of these amazing abilities like forums, boards, and social networking hype, we seem to have lost touch with decency.  Internet bullying has become extreme as well. Our internet manners and etiquette haven’t quite caught up to our technological advances and we should be staying ahead of the game.  It’s our responsibility to teach kids that their internet life will follow them in real life (IRL) and there’s certain do’s and don’ts when interacting with others online. Enter netiquette- the online etiquette.

  • When a website has a list of rules, obey those rules.  There’s a reason the rules are in place and obeying the rules and regulations gives those visiting that particular site the best possible experience. Plus, not adhering to the rules can put your use of that site at risk.
  • Spell check everything written.
  • Do not use all caps.  This indicates shouting.
  • Honesty is the best policy, both IRL and online.
  • Never ever give out personal information online.  There’s never a good enough reason to give location updates or give out phone numbers online.  Make sure kids using the internet understand this rule especially.
  • Don’t send texts or emails late at night.  It can wait until the next day, especially if its not an emergency.
  • Only shop on sites that are secure.
  • When posting pictures, make sure its nothing that will haunt you for the rest of your life.  Everything that is posted online DOES NOT DIE WHEN IT GETS DELETED.
  • Just be yourself.  If you wouldn’t say it to someones face, just don’t say it at all.  Your online reputation is just as important as IRL.
  • The Golden Rule applies online too.  If you wouldn’t want it done to you, don’t do it to someone else.
  • Always re read everything before posting and if it violates any rule, don’t post it.

We need to realize that our online persona may as well be our “in real life” persona..  Aks yourself and your kids some questions before hitting the send button-  “what kind of person do I want to be online?” or “is this how I really am?” and “would a college or future employer find me honest and credible?”

Netiquette is now a part of modern parenting. Its important to raise a generation of internet respectable kids and make this thing called “technology” safe and enjoyable for all of us.

 

Add comment November 24, 2014

Tools to Start a Kid Friendly Business

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With the holidays around the corner, kids and teens will soon enjoy a welcomed break from school to spend time with friends and family. This year, challenge your kids to do something unique over the holiday break by giving them the tools to start a kid-friendly business!

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Are You Guilty of “Oversharenting?” Ummm- What?

Have you ever noticed on your social media accounts like FB or Instagram, there are some people who post picture after picture and video after video of their kids?  Maybe they do it to keep extended family in the loop of every little triumph the child reaches.  Or maybe the parent just needs extra validation through “likes” and they end up over sharing their children.

I think its fair to assume that we all have those “friends” and maybe, just maybe, we’re guilty of doing it ourselves.

“Oversharenting”  is the new term to describe such parents, meaning-  over sharing daily activities and photos of babies/toddlers.

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There are risks to “oversharenting” your kids, and these risks can be quite serious.

~By sharing too much information, the parent creates a digital footprint for their child way too early; before the child has any control over what they want shared.

~Social Media companies have rights to your photos and videos.  In the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities Facebook says-

For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.

~People steal images all of the time. There’s no guarantee “Friends” won’t share or save and image you’ve posted, even if you’ve set strict privacy settings.

~Pedophile websites, advertisers, and blogs have been known to steal uploaded images from all forms of social media as well.

Sharing information has never been faster, especially with social media.  While the convenience of posting everything about our children is a handy way to keep grandparents connected, there’s  always those individuals who will abuse the latest upload.  Be cautious and very selective when posting.  Remember its just not a picture, its your child.

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Goal Planning for Kids: It’s never too early!

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All kids have goals they just may not understand how much power they have to achieve them. Helping kids learn how to set and achieve a goal is a critical life lesson – one that will help your kids make decisions in the future, accomplish their dreams and lead successful, inspired lives.

Here are 3 easy tips to consider when helping a child set a goal:

Write down your goal, it will clarify what you want and motivate you to take action

Plan the steps to reach your goal,  small steps are easier to handle than the big picture

Track your progress – use a chart and reward yourself for the progress you have made!

And if you want more expert goal planning advice for kids, check out Biz Whiz Academy’s Beginner Goal Planning Guide. Download and print for only $4.99! Use coupon code kmail and get 20% off!

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Add comment November 11, 2014

Learn Something New About Thanksgiving.

Want something to talk about around the Thanksgiving table? Here are a few fun facts for conversation!

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21 comments November 3, 2014

You Have a Fantastic Halloween!

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

Happy Halloween

Need some last minute costume ideas? Head over to Real Simple for 10 easy ideas.

Have a safe and gloriously gory Halloween!

Add comment October 28, 2014

Teaching Kids to Help Victims of Bullying

 

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Has your child ever participated in bullying or been a victim of bullying? Odds are they have seen a classmate being teased or harassed. Kids can play an important role in helping those who are being bullied. Here are some things you can teach your children in regards to bullying:

Kids can interrupt a bully by asking the victim to play or do something with them. If they don’t feel safe doing so, they should get an adult’s help right away. When it comes to bullying, telling an adult isn’t tattling. Teach your child the difference: tattling gets someone in trouble while reporting gets a person out of trouble. Ask your child to think of grown-ups they can go to if they see a bully (like their teacher, coach, or counselor)

Encourage your children to say nice things to students that are teased. They can compliment them on something they are working on in class, or invite them to sit with them at lunch. Friendly words can always help counter act the put-downs some kids hear.

We at Kids Email are strong advocates of Anti-Bullying, we hope that parents can teach their children to be good examples and help any child who may be a victim of bullying.

 

2 comments October 27, 2014

My Child Is A Bully!

 

 

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The statistics are staggering.  1 in 7 kids are either a bully or being bullied (according to MBNBD ) and no parent wants to hear the words “your child is a bully” but, unfortunately, some of us hear those words.  What do we do from there?  Where do we start?

The good news is your child is not broken, but the behavior does need to change.  Some simple steps can help you and your child overcome the issue and move forward in a positive way.

  • Set an example of showing respect, empathy, and compassion.  Its difficult for kids to understand how others feel so showing them through example can be an important step into gaining an appreciation for others and the feelings of those around us.
  • Be an active parent.  Know who your child is friends with and what kind of activities they do.  Be involved in your child’s life and listen to them and their side of the story.  They have fears and concerns too and validating those can be very helpful in gaining control over a bullying issue.
  • Have very clear expectations and consequences and follow through.  The child should know exactly what will happen if they bully and that there is never any tolerance for such behavior.
  • Teach positive ways to reduce anger or tension.  These can be as simple as a time out on their bed, playing ball outside, or screaming into a pillow- anything other than bullying. Reducing any kind of violence in the home via television or video games can help tremendously.
  • Give positive encouragement.  This behavior may take some time to change and staying positive will be more receptive than punishment.
  • Have your child make amends for their act.  Apologize, send emails, have a conflict mediator present, or whatever actions need to be made to make the situation right.
  • Seek professional help.  Sometimes the issue is bigger than a parent can handle alone.  There is never any shame in seeking help from the child’s doctor, principle, teacher, or a bullying prevention class.

Keeping our kids accountable for their actions and listening to their concerns while having a positive outlook can help with bullying.  But, if the situation needs an intervention with a professional in order for the situation to be resolved, then act now.  Bullying is not a light matter, but it can get better.

 

 

 

Add comment October 20, 2014

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