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by Carey Sue Vega in Family, Manner Monday, Manners

Over Labor Day weekend, I was visiting with another parent about technology, apps and kids.  We were talking about how to protect our children from the scary world of technology that is out there.  She was telling me about a friend of her daughters who is not ‘allowed’ to text boys one-on-one.  The friend was at their house one day and was telling her daughter about how that rule is no big deal as she can ‘chat’ with boys via many other apps and in app chat options.  The young girl didn’t feel as though she was breaking the ‘rule’ because she’s not actually texting the boy.  Hummmmmm…. yowzer.  Our discussion continued with how we need to work hard to make sure our kids understand the importance of staying safe and not just obeying (or breaking) some rule that they think is old-fashioned and out-dated.

Then last week, an email popped into my inbox from the good people at “Love and Logic” that was talking about the same topic.  Here’s a snippet:

“If your kids are old enough to go to school they are probably attending hands on seminars and workshops on the use of the latest phone apps. Not only are they getting state of the art training on the use of these apps, but they are being trained in the art of erasing any data that is unacceptable to their parents. These workshops are free and are conducted by their friends.

As you can imagine, some of these workshops focus on how kids can beat the parents in the game of trying to control access to, and use of, inappropriate and dangerous online content and temptations.”

To read the entire story, click here.

If you’re not familiar with Love and Logic, I highly encourage you to check them out.  I have signed up for their email newsletter where I get helpful tips on a weekly basis.  I know your email inbox is valuable space that you don’t want to get junked up, but theirs is a newsletter that you will be glad you receive!

Do you know someone who would enjoy this post?  If so, please share it with them and encourage them to sign up to receive Manner Monday?  I would appreciate it!  And if you’re new to Manner Monday, I’d love for you to take a minute to learn more about why I started it. You can click here to read my very first post (five years ago – yowzer) that tells all about it.

Do you have a ‘manner’ or question you would like to see covered in a post?  Feel free to send me your thoughts, I would love to hear from you.

Click to Tweet:   When it comes to Technology, Apps and Kids, do you have rules or offer guidance? #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/RulesOrGuidance

As always … Thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

BV Tech

Etc…

Do you know of a high schooler who would benefit from improved social skills, confidence (the right kind of confidence) and better manners?  We have a fun ‘Passport Party‘ coming up October 1.  This party is a great way for new students to meet our Student Ambassadors and learn about the program.  We’ll have food and a DJ (what more could a teen want!?!?!)  Here is the link to learn more:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/passport-party/

We also have the Interview Intensive starting in October for students who are in 10-12th grades.  We work on Business Etiquette skills, building resumes, and preparing students for the stressful interview process that is fast approaching.  Whether it be for a scholarship, college, or a job; we help to prepare the students so that when they’re placed in a high-stakes interview, they will have real life experience to draw from, feeling more confident during the process.  Link for more info:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/interview-intensive-10-12th-grades/

As an adult, if you would like to help us during the mock interviews, please let me know, we would love to have you serve as a roll model for these students.  Your services would be needed on Thursday, November 19, from 6:30-8:30pm.  You will get to meet some amazing young people that will give you encouragement for our future!

Passport Program Update: 
I am still working on the schedule for the Passport Program.  As soon as I get the theater outing secured, that will allow me to plan the rest of the schedule.  In the meantime, if you know your teen will be participating, early registration is available with a $50 savings off tuition:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/passport-high-school-registration/

Word of Mouth is the best compliment you can give us.  Do you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell:  https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

 

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