When my daughter asked me to set up her email account, I knew my techie/parenting role didn’t end after giving her username and password. Just like any mom, I wanted to protect my child the dangerous world of online activities like scams and cyberbullying. I hope these learnings will help you and your kids about email etiquette:
- “Don’t share your address to strangers”
When our young teenager finally got access to her email account, she was too excited about the experience that she’d been using her email address to sign up for free products and services offered online like ebooks and game apps. The cautious mom that I am, I reiterated to her that her address is only for meaningful communication purposes and not for strangers’ reference.
- “Always forward your emails to mommy”
I’m glad that emails have smart options like an auto-forward feature that allowed me to set up my child’s emails to send me a copy of her messages. For sanity and security purposes, right, dear moms?
- “Don’t send any message that would make you popular the next day”
I won’t get tired of reminding my daughter about the importance of email etiquette. By teaching her to be personally and socially responsible, I asked her to not post rude messages and offensive pictures just to satisfy her dismay and anger on certain things, otherwise, she’ll find herself on the headlines the next day.