July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month which gives us a chance to explore ways we can use cell phones appropriately and teach our kids too as well. For someone who initially didnt want a smartphone, I seem to find it hard to put it down now. Cell phones are used so widely by people of all ages and I know for me it is easy to forget phone etiquette. Children are getting cell phones at younger and younger ages and knowing courteous behaviors while using them helps in so many ways that we will explore here.
Cell Phone Courtesy:
Show your child the power of cell phone usage and how a person’s behavior and personality can be interpreted in different ways depending on how they use their phone. If someone is talking to you and your phone starts ringing, do not answer the phone but rather put it on mute. The person you are with is deserving of your attention and unless it is an emergency, you can return the call.
Foul language when texting friends and/or on social media is not necessary. I am the Mom who look at my kids’ phones and know which of their friends use appropriate language.
Nothing good can come out of being negative and posting inappropriate pictures or videos on your phone.
Let your kids know that once content is sent, it is live or may not be able to be deleted. Being spontaneous can be dangerous. Using common sense and really thinking about what they want to say is very important.
Silence smart phones when in class, eating, at movies and at important events. Having your phone ring or buzz in a silent room is distracting.
No driving and talking or texting! Hands free cell phone use in the car if necessary.
It can be easy to use their phone in uncomfortable situations or when they are not sure what to do. Using a cell phone as a crutch to avoid conversations can make you less interactive and give your friends the impression you are uninterested in talking to them. Try and put the phone away and interact 😉
Parents can limit their cell phone usage to so many minutes per day which forces them to interact with others in person!
Cell phones are such important parts of our every day lives and using courteous manners with our cell phones is crucial, in my opinion, to a more balanced, safe and healthy life. I promise after writing this article that I will be more cognizant of cell phone etiquette!
AlpharettaMoms is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life Publications. You will find this article in their July 2020 publication.