Technology etiquette

If you’ve seen a parent or nanny nod absently to a child not looking them in the eye when the child asks something, or a toddler throwing a tantrum until they get handed the phone and their eyes instantly gets a blank stare, or when you catch yourself browsing your phone while in the traffic, or when you go on a date night and both of you sit on your phone instead of chatting to each other, or when your teenager doesn’t answer you because apparently they really can’t hear you while they are on their phone. Then you know for sure, it must be addictive if people are willing to sacrifice real conversations, relationships and their safety for it. 

Why is it important to acknowledge that it’s addictive?

  1. You might be subconsciously telling your children, friends or students that they are not important.
  2. If you are aware of this you can monitor your own use.
  3. You are your child’s and your student’s role model and they will do exactly what you do. So rather teach them proper cell phone or technology etiquette.
Cell phone etiquette
  • When you talk on your phone, do it in a soft voice and walk away so that you don’t bother anyone else.
  • Turn your phone on silent and put it face down on the table when you are in class, in a meeting or having lunch. The best practice would be to leave your phone in your pocket or bag.
  • Never read mails, messages or do anything else on your phone when you are in a conversation with someone 
  • If someone wants to talk to you (even if it’s your child), put your phone down and look them in the eye.
  • Phones shouldn’t go with you to bed. Studies show that technology use right before you fall asleep has a negative effect on your sleep.
  • Never use your phone in the car unless you have a hands free set.

You might want to read more about family meeting rules.