Beyond Please and Thank You: Teaching Mobile Manners to Our Kids
It used to be that learning polite manners and acceptable public behavior meant only learning some select phrases. Common prompts like “What’s the magic word?” (Please) or “Now what do you say?” (Thank you) were often heard while out with our family.
These days, parents find themselves leading their kids through a whole new set of modern manners – for the mobile generation. Forget the niceties of excusing oneself from the table, learning manners in today’s world requires first understanding ideas like respect and valuing others, in part to realize why you should look up at someone’s face when you’re speaking with them.
Although it sounds funny, the next generation is growing up learning to use devices to communicate with each other electronically more so than through face to face in-person interaction…like texting or checking social media status updates more often than speaking on a phone or knocking on someone’s door. It’s important to help our kids learn to value individuals enough to give others their undivided attention during real life in-person interactions, and to learn when they should put their mobile devices away altogether.
I’m not the only one who’s been thinking about this shift in behavior, as Intel just released the results of a mobile manners survey. Not surprisingly, of the 2,000 U.S adults that were polled, 91% say that they have seen people misuse mobile technology.
In fact, three quarters of U.S. adults believe that mobile manners are becoming worse and 48% of U.S. adults have seen others use their mobile device in a public restroom. Becoming worse? Doesn’t it sound like things are pretty bad as they are now? How can we teach good manners to our kids to politely communicate with each other in their mobile world?Continued on the next page