Angel here! As the parent of two teenage boys, I am constantly looking over their shoulders to make sure they are behaving properly on social media.  Teaching any teen the correct etiquette is super important before you turn them loose on a phone or electronic device.

Valerie Roberts, Kentucky's Etiquette Lady, is well-known across the Commonwealth for equipping children, teens, and even adults with the knowledge of proper etiquette in dining, discussion, and now social media.

This training will show participants comical examples of the wrong way to post on social media and why you shouldn't do certain things. She also teaches classy examples of better ways to post on social media (and why it’s better).

The training will take place on Friday, June 12, at 1 p.m. and the cost to attend is $10.  Register by emailing vroberts@thegoodmannersclub.com.

When I worked at Burns Middle School many teens were given phones and it unleashed a whole new freedom they hadn't had before.  It gives them power and unsupervised can be very dangerous.

Training your teen and preparing them to handle their emotions properly, showing the consequences of what posting can do, and teaching them how to be respectful is so important.

When I worked for the Owensboro Parks & Recreation Department, I often worked with teens and hired them.  As a rule of thumb, we would try and direct them to make sure and mind their p's and q's online.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Always remember once you post it is out there for everyone to see.
  • Future employers are always looking at social media accounts.
  • Never post naked or nude photos online or to someone else.
  • Use the 24-hour rule.  If it is a serious post save a draft for 24 hours and come back.
  • Always be on guard.  You never know who is behind the other screen.
  • Be careful about posting too much information.
  • When posting photos make sure no personal information is available
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