10 Tech Commandments For You and Your Kids

The 10 Tech Commandments EVERYONE Must Follow

Image: Huffington Post
Image: Huffington Post

 Commandment No. 1: Be careful with what you Share.
It is easy to post, tag, and share people’s information these days. However, you must always remember how this will affect others. The Golden Rule is still in effect here, do unto others what you would like for them to do to you. Or in some cases, DON’T do unto others what you don’t want being done to you. Ask yourself, “Who might see this? And how would they feel if I decide to share their information?” One basic rule: Don’t post party pictures. Believe it or not, people still have privacy issues.

 Commandment No. 2: When you notice on Facebook that your minor is having some issues with friendships, let it go.
Social media is a great way of finding out what you have missed out on- sometimes. What is worse is when you find out that your kids are being exlcuded. Remember, don’t make a big deal about this. There is a likelihood that the host’s intentions aren’t mean, and there may be factors you’re unaware of, maybe its an all-boy pool party/gaming night? If your kid feels hurt, consider this a a moment of growth—one that helps her understand how it feels to be left out. This will foster resilience.

 Commandment No. 3: A thank-you text is OK for a dinner party, but don’t give up your stationery.
A simple thank you does the trick for something minor someone does for you over social media. HOWEVER, if someone gifts you something special like a dinner, or maybe even concert tickets, you should take time to elaborate on your thank you. If someone goes out of their day to make yours better, than you better dig up a stamp. Gray areas include baby gifts and condolence notes.

 Commandment No. 4: If you’re having dinner with someone and they keep looking at their phone, you should model good behavior—conspicuously.
We are past the times in which the only distraction at a restaurant were the loud talker and the next table who wouldn’t shut up about what they wanted for dessert. Now there are the dings, pings and vibrations of phones. Try proposing this as an idea: “Hey, we see each other so rarely. What do you think about ditching our phones while we have this time together?”

 Commandment No. 5: Model your smartphone usage around your kids.
The kids always learn it from somewhere, and they start learning behavior from thee household first. If you’re busy, you’re busy and its okay. Just try to keep what you do with the technology at a minimal exposure to the kids. If that text or e-mail can wait until later when you aren’t around your kids then let it. Creating no-tech zones in the house like the dinner table, or no-tech times like breafast, ride to school and game night, will greatly benefit your family with communication.

 Commandment No. 6: Follow your teen on Instagram and Facebook in a respectable manner.
The the many scandals going on in today’s life, its only natural that you would want to keep tabs on your kids. This is why you might choose to observe your child’s social-media life. Remember that observing is something quite different than stalking and invading privacy. Don’t put in your 2 cents in everything your child posts, you might indirectly embarrass them. Let them know that you’re watching, be transparent about it. You know you have good kids, the point is not to trap your kid in bad behavior.

 Commandment No. 7: Your babysitter’s Instagram posts are none of your business.
If you know your babysitter is doing something unsettling, don’t blast them about it. Everyone lives their own life. As long as they’re not bringing it around your children, then everything should be fine. If she’s not out killing people then its probably best to just leave her Instagram photos out of your life.

 Commandment No. 8: There’s a right way and a wrong way to video your kid’s graduation.
Have you ever attended an event at school where there was that one parent who video tapes their child but does so in the most interruptive matter? Please don’t be that parent, if you have to capture this special moment on camera instead of your memory, then move to the side of the venue and start recording from there.

 Commandment No. 9: Don’t extend a friend request to your boss.
Not everyone in the world is your friend, get used to it! Your clients aren’t your friends (maybe they are who knows), they are your clients! Your children’s teachers are just that, your children’s teachers! They all have emails that you can contact them through. If you befriend someone like your boss, or doctors, then sure that’s obviously an exception.

 Commandment No. 10: Remember that the sender can see that you’ve opened the Evite. RSVP right away.
Just respond to the RSVP … ASAP. It’s rude to keep people waiting especially if you already know your decision. Figure out if you’re attending, then let the party throwers know so that they can plan accordingly. If you decline it, a simple “Sorry, hopefully next time I’ll make it!” is enough.

Source: Real Simple