I remember being taught at a very young age how to behave on the phone. Way way way back then before cell phones, I was taught answer the phone with a simple “hello” and then listen to what the caller had to say. Then I’d say things like “just a moment, ” “can you please hang on,” and then end the conversation with “goodbye.” There were rules established that I wan’t allowed to say I was home alone and there were definitely times during the day that were more appropriate to have a phone conversation.
Oh my have things have changed.
Smart phones are everywhere now. Everyone has them- even kids! I would have loved to have had my own phone growing up. And a T.V. But that’s another post entirely.
I wonder- has phone etiquette disappeared with technology? Maybe just a bit. How can we get back to being more personal through our devices?
Here are 10 easy rules to bring back phone etiquette and become more personal.
1. Respect the Living- be present in real life face to face conversations. Texting while having a personal conversation is rude and it tells the other person they don’t matter as much as the text. Be considerate. Be present.
2. Never call or text while driving- I think we’ve all seen the PSA about texting while driving. A text or call can wait until the car is pulled over. Its just not worth the risk.
3. Keep phone conversations private.- no one wants to listen to the latest drama in the grocery store or hear a business deal in a movie theater. If the call has to be taken, excuse yourself and leave the area.
4. Answer a text in a timely manner- If you can’t answer back, don’t forget to! Let the person know you’ll respond to them and do so.
5. Use spell check- the excuse of “sorry, I have big thumbs” is just a sorry excuse. We have spell check, so slow down while typing and use the spell check.
6. Keep your messages short- if leaving a voice-mail, just leave necessary information and keep it simple.
7. Leaving someone on a drawn out hold- If you say “hold on for a second,” keep it just as that. Our time is precious and we’re all busy.
8. Its okay to unplug- be present in life, and life away from social media or texting. Its okay to get bored once in awhile, it gives us time to think about our day, make plans, or maybe read a book (remember those?).
9. Enjoy your own music- keep it turned down and to yourself. One of the rudest things to do is play music in a public place for all to hear.
10. Only document things worth documenting- we over share EVERYTHING. Its okay to enjoy a meal without taking a picture, or to play with kids without the video camera, or think you look pretty good without taking a selfie.
Using good phone manners is just common courtesy. Its time to get back to basics and display some manners, and hopefully, teach the next generation the same.
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Add comment January 26, 2015
Whatever the reason for doing so, you’ve just started your kids’ email account with KidsEmail. Congratulations!!!! We hope you find our service easy to understand and maneuver, and if you have any questions at all feel free to contact us!
We want your kids to stay safe through email, and being the #1 safest kids email service we understand that you, as a parent, trust us to do all we can on our side to make that happen. Again, thank you for choosing us!
Now that you have your account set up, its time to get those emails sent! There’s no need to have an unused account for your child, so below are some easy ideas on how to keep your kids active on their email account!
1. Email loved ones! In the parental controls under “manage contacts” you’re able to add or delete contacts of your choosing. So get adding! My kids love emailing their favorite aunt and send her a message at least once a week. Have your kids email grandma or grandpa as well.
2. Start an email story. While your kids are sending out emails, have them start a one line story that they continue with each email. Or have the recipient add on to the story too. Keep the story going!
3. With our new app your kids can draw a picture on our drawing pad and send it! Have your kids send a picture they’ve drawn to each other.
4. School updates. Have your kids email their loved ones with school grades, performances, or exciting things that happen to them every day on the playground. Have your kids share their grades and accomplishments! Bragging rights are great for email subjects.
5. Get to know loved ones. Have your kids ask questions that maybe they wouldn’t in person. Here is a great list of 50 questions to get started with!
6. Start an email book review. If your child is a reader and loves books, have them start a book review with one of their contacts. Once they’ve finished reading a book some ideas on things to discuss would be- writing about what they liked/disliked, what they learned, their favorite part of the book, if the book would make a good movie, and if they’d recommend the book for anyone else to read.
7. Discuss movies! Same idea as #6 only with a movie.
8. Start a pen pal. Do you remember doing this in school? Email makes it so much easier now! I have a friend who lives 2 states away and she has kids the same ages as mine. We’ve gotten our kids to correspond with each other and they’ve had a blast getting to know these other kids. Of course only do this with people you trust! Remember to check out in the KidsEmail parental controls- mail monitoring and mail queue.
9. Try to keep the conversation going. If you find your child in an email lull, its okay! Try to spark some interest by sending them emails or your own with words of encouragement, weekend plans, fun reading suggestions, or whatever else comes to mind.
We know you’ll find countless ways to use KidsEmail and we know your kids will love sending and receiving messages. Again, thank you for choosing KidsEmail!
Add comment January 19, 2015
This year my husband and I finally got on board and got our kids their own tablets for Christmas. I’ve been reluctant to do this for several reasons. I wanted to make sure my kids were old enough to take care of a device- like a tablet, understand the rules we set, and be able to use it without me standing over their shoulder the entire time. Well, this year we felt they met all of these pre requisites and made Christmas morning very techie.
As my husband and I set up the tablets with parental controls, apps, and passwords- we also set up their first email accounts. Of course we used Kidsemail and are so happy we did.
Kidsemail is the safest and most secure email designed just for kids. I know I can trust what my kids read in their inbox, making the decision to give my kids a smart device easier.
If your kids got their first tablet, computer, or smart phone this year for the holidays, or have one already, make sure they’re using Kidsemail. Keep them safe from unwanted images, words, and contacts. Kidsemail protects kids while giving them their freedom, which is something every parent and child wants!
Add comment January 12, 2015
8 Ways to Use Your New Gadgets Safely & Securely
from KidsEmail- a STOP. THINK. CONNECT. partner
Did you gift a new smartphone, tablet, or gaming device as a gift this holiday season?
One of the reasons these devices are so popular is because of their portability and accessibility. But it’s important to remember that despite their convenient size and sleek packaging, these gadgets are just as powerful and connected as any laptop – which also makes them just as vulnerable to malware.
Here are 8 ways to ensure your loved ones use their new gifts safely- all year-round:
- Keep a clean machine: All Internet-enabled devices need protection from malware and other threats. Before you start playing, make sure your devices are up-to-date with the latest software and operating system, web browsers and apps and anti-virus protection.
- Activate parental controls: Parental controls are a great way to be proactive about your child’s activities online. When enabling parental controls, use age-appropriate settings to filter, monitor and block your child’s activities.
- Protect your child’s privacy: Many online and video games allow players to speak or even video chat with one another. Kids should know that they shouldn’t share personal information with others, even people they think they can trust. In this case, personal information extends beyond the basics (home address, birthdate, email, real name, etc.) and kids should know not to share personal details like where they go to school, where their parents work or their weekend plans. Make sure your child’s username does not reveal their full name, location, gender, age, or any other personal information. (Examples of good usernames: Gamer2013 or Lizard12). If an avatar or profile image is an option, make sure your kids use something other than a photo of themselves.
- Ask questions and talk to the experts: If you are giving a video game or gaming console as a gift, video game store employees and other parents can be valuable resources for guidance. Game review websites often have photos and videos to help a parent get acquainted with content and age-appropriate material. Learn more at: http://www.esrb.org/about/resources.jsp.
- Monitor downloads: Don’t let your child download anything without your permission. This includes cheat programs that may claim to help your child advance levels in the game, but could really be carrying malware.
- Report cyberbullying: Online games are your child’s virtual playground, and bullies exist on the Internet – just as they do on an actual playground. Talk to your kids about their online gameplay and make sure they know who to talk to if they encounter a bully, online or off. Do your part by reporting misbehavers to a game publisher or its online community moderator.
- Be mindful of remote connectivity: It’s a good idea to disconnect your devices from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when not in use.
For more online safety tips, visit STOP. THINK. CONNECT. :http://stopthinkconnect.org
Add comment January 5, 2015
Add comment December 29, 2014
Another year down. Its crazy! And what a crazy year its been!
KidsEmail just wants to thank our supporters. Those of you who have your kids set up with the safest kids email service know how important it is to keep our kids safe online. You do your part as parents by being great roll models and teaching your kids how to be cautious online, and we’ll do our part by keeping KidsEmail current, safe, and secure. Together we make a pretty great team!
KidsEmail just wants to wish you all a great holiday season. Stay safe. Stay warm. And lets see what 2015 brings!!
Add comment December 22, 2014
Self-confidence is one of the most important factors for success. Without confidence, kids (and adults!) will not have the courage to continue their pursuits in the face of challenges. Some people are naturally self-confident ? it?s something they?re born with. But there are plenty of people with incredible talents who lack the natural self-confidence others have. How do you build self-confidence, then? And how do you help your kids to do the same?!
Unfortunately, the best form of self-confidence comes from experience. So how do you gain confidence without experience? Easy ? start small! Achieve small wins in your personal life and encourage your kids to do the same. Set small goals, then build upon them as you go, remembering to look back and congratulate yourself on your strengths and past accomplishments.
To get you started, here’s a first small step. Head on over to Biz Whiz Academy and check out their beginner & advanced goal planning guide made just for kids! Don’t forget to use coupon code kmail to receive 20% off!
Add comment December 18, 2014
The #selfie movement is here to stay. Everyone from President Obama and the Queen of England, to Katy Perry and Brad Pitt, to good ol’ regular folks all around the world, the selfie has quite literally bombarded social media. We’ve perfected the way we take them, making edits and getting the right lighting or just tossing the photo completely and starting over if the end result isn’t flattering.
There are many positive points to a selfie. When people comment or like the selfie- its flattering! We all love compliments and need approval from our loved ones which feeds our self esteem- even if for a brief moment.
Selfies can also feed into an obsession…always needing approval. This can come across as very narcissistic, especially on social media. Extreme selfie posts can also affect relationships and intimacy IRL.
Teens who have social media account should be reminded to only post selfies they’d be comfortable showing family, and to NEVER take a selfie while driving.
If you or someone you love falls into the category of over selfie posting try a couple of these suggestions-
- Try cutting back on the amount of selfies posted, maybe limit it to one or two a week.
- Focus on turning the camera to the world around you! Find creative ways to share your day rather than finding ways to creatively share your face.
- Instill boundaries with all social media accounts
- Never selfie while driving
For more articles dealing with the Selfie- check out these sites
Add comment December 15, 2014
The holidays are the perfect time to start a babysitting business! Parents need time away from their kids to go shopping for gifts, plan and prepare for holiday meals and to take a well-deserved break during the busy holiday season.
You can take advantage of this need by providing your highly valued babysitting services. Learn how to make the most $$$ this winter.
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Add comment December 9, 2014
The Holiday’s are in full swing so its time to break out the paints and glue and get creative, make a tasty treat, and throw a party!
The kids are going to be out of school soon, so put their creative minds to work. Try making some of the crafts in the links below to give as gifts to neighbors or loved ones! This is also a great opportunity to teach your kids that half of the fun during the holiday’s is gift giving.
Next, its time to eat something tasty. Cook up a storm with your kids this holiday season. Use this time as a a great way to teach your kids simple kitchen techniques that will carry them into adulthood. And what better time than during the holidays?!
Its party time!!!!!!! Winter is the perfect time to throw a party for all of those people you care about. Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday’s, gathering family and friends in your home for a fun meal and games is a perfect excuse for a party! Here are some fun ways to get started.
Tis the season to share love, good food, and make forever memories. However you choose to celebrate the season, do it with those you love!
Add comment December 8, 2014