Teaching proper etiquette to your children is very important. The right manners, for example, respecting parents and elders, being polite to others, helping one another etc. As parents, we are being watched by our children and they like to imitate the same behavior they see in us. Some parents get angry and shout at each other, and if your child is a constant spectator to this behavior, the child may grow up to be aggressive. In the same way when your children observe you being patient and polite with one another, they will try to imitate the same manner and attitude with others. Hence every parent has a great responsibility to be a good role model to their children.
Why should every child be taught good etiquette?
The way a child acts and behaves is a reflection of how we have brought them up. The child’s actions show the environment prevalent at home. We don’t want our child to be blamed for bad parenting, which reflects on us too. Hence teaching them the right manners and etiquette at an early age will prove beneficial to both us and our children.
What does etiquette have to do with netiquette?
The behavior that your children learn from you when at home will be reflected in the outside world. Today most of the communications are through an electronic medium and if the child is taught the right etiquette, no matter which medium your child accesses, he/she will be careful in their attitude and behavior with others. We need to ensure that our child practices the same manners both online and in real world.
The Internet is a useful tool but turns harmful if proper controls and practices are not maintained. The rise in cyber bullying is happening because some teenagers have forgotten to respect others online. Some have violated the boundaries of privacy and respect, harming a person’s life.
Teach your child to treat everyone equally with respect, and that the importance of etiquette should be the same in the online world and real world.