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Are You Being an E-diot?

Are You Being an E-diot?

My colleague Haley Price wrote the original article “Don’t be an E-diot” for the teenage market. After I read her article I said to myself, “Parents are being just as big of E-diots as teenagers”. So here are the many ways I have seen grown-ups lose friends, job opportunities (and even their children) simply by having poor digital etiquette. Follow these simple rules so you won’t be the next e-diot:

  • Never ever text or use your phone while driving. You are setting a horrible example for your kids who will be drivers one day. I have attended three (yes three!) funerals in the past few years of friends on mine who were distracted by their phone. Do you want to be the next?
  • Do not call or text your teenager while they are driving. Did you know that a recent study shows the #1 distraction teens have while driving are texts/calls from their parents.
  • What you post online is permanent. You can never delete it or take it back. Be very careful about videos or photos taken of you that you won’t want the whole world to see.
  • Avoid posting political comments on your Facebook or Twitter pages. Employers view social media pages to see who the “real you” is. You never know who you might offend by a silly political statement.
  • Use email to send work documents and basic communication to friends and family. But never get into an argument or heated discussion over email. Pick up the phone or sit down face-to-face to discuss serious or emotional issues.
  • When you are with your children or at an event with your children (i.e. a soccer game), keep your cell phones turned off! Many studies show that when a parent answers their phone while in the presence of their children, the children feel this communicates “I don’t love you”. And don’t miss your child scoring the winning goal of his soccer game because you were busy texting a friend (Yes, I did witness this).
  • Never post incriminating photos on your Facebook page of you wearing scant clothing, “party pics” with alcohol or posts with 4-letter words. Keep a clean image. You never know who is checking you out for employment. If someone tags you in a risqué photo, un-tag it immediately.
  • Never, ever bully someone through electronic media. It’s too easy to send a nasty message from the comfort of your computer. Golden rule: If you don’t have the courage to say something to someone’s face, then never say it at all. This message should also be taught to your children. See our article on overcoming cyberbullying.
  • When your children are using video players, games or any device that makes noise in public, please have them put the sound on “mute”. Everyone within 20 feet from your child shouldn’t have to listen to machine gun noises, Elmo’s annoying laugh or Miley Cyrus music.
  • When you take a phone call in public, step into a private area (or outside) to continue your call. It’s really annoying to listen to Betty complain about her day or listen to Jack’s business call when you are trying to watch your daughter’s ballet class.
  • Keep your time online to a minimum. Calculate how much time you spend each day or week with electronic media. Then calculate how much time you spend each week reading a good book, riding a bicycle, gardening, spending quality time with your kids, re-connecting with your spouse – or anything else productive. Sadly, many parents these days spend more time on Facebook than they do reading a book. There is one thing in life you can never get back once it’s gone – time. Choose how you spend your time wisely.
Kate Raidt Kate Raidt is author of The Million-Dollar Parent: How to Have a Successful Career While Keeping Family a Top Priority and founder of advantage4parents.com. She is also an alumnus of the Southwestern Company's summer work program. Kate is also the mother of two young children.
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