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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 17th September 2018

Top Tips to Digital Etiquette

After TV presenter Kirsty Allsopp revealed she smashed her children's iPads after they persistently broke the screen rules, we share our top tips to digital etiquette.

Don’t overshare

For adults: remember that your children are entitled to private lives.
For young people: don’t post pictures of your friends looking ridiculous without asking them first.

Postpone that post

Consider what people in your life – your gran? your head teacher? – would think if they read it.

In the dark

Don’t send messages via your phone in the cinema. Or even read them. We can all see those little lights. And don’t imagine that a vibrating, buzzing phone is in any way silent.

Face up to it

Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t say to a person’s face. And sometimes it’s better not to ‘speak’ online. You don’t have to retort – there is nothing wrong with keeping quiet now and then.

Look – and listen – up!

Don’t walk down the street texting or browsing – you’ll bump into someone or something. Don’t wear headphones when people are trying to talk to you (and taking one side out is simply not good enough!).

Silence is golden

Don’t force other people to listen to your music.

Personal touch

It’s a good idea to pay more attention to the people you are with than to your devices – so don’t text while paying in a shop, travelling in the car or be so busy updating your status you don’t talk to your family.

Think first

Think before you attack on social media, especially if joining in with a lot of other people. Are you responding negatively because it’s necessary or because it is making you feel better?

Face in the frame

You don’t need to take a picture to prove to yourself – or your Snapchat or Instagram followers – that you’ve done something. It’s perfectly fine to visit a museum, explore the park and just look at things.

No go zone

The inability to switch off from your mobile, tablet and laptop can seriously affect your sleep. Putting your devices away before you go to bed will do away with the temptation to keep checking social media every five minutes. Also ban laptops, tablets and mobiles from the dinner table – make time to talk and listen to each other.

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