Cell Phone Etiquette?

The use of a cell phone is an integral part of our daily routine, but it’s slowly changing the way people communicate.  We can check emails, make phone calls, send pictures, etc. all in a matter of seconds, but fail sometimes to be present in the moment.   Have you ever sat in a crowded room and observed the number of individuals with their heads bent down looking at their phones possibly getting a neck cramp?  Teaching cell phone etiquette may be an opportunity to slow down for a minute and reconnect with your child at the end of the day.  I came across this article that suggests ideas to teach cell phone etiquette for teenagers, but thought we all may benefit from the suggestions.  I really liked the “no-call zones”.   Establishing “no-call zones” with your family will indirectly become a language learning opportunity.  Below are some questions to ask your family:

  • When should we have our “no-call zone”? Dinner?  Weekend? Car rides?
  • Why should we have our “no-call zone”?
  • How do you feel if somebody’s is talking on the phone, but doesn’t answer your question?
  • What should we do if we break the “no-call zone”?
  • Make a list of the pros and cons of our “no-call zone”.
  • What happens if our “no-call zone” rule is broken?

Check out the article below to learn more about cell phone etiquette.      http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Teach_Your_Kids_Cell_Phone/

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