The Fourth of July is a time filled with family events, lots of fun, and great memories! As we celebrate America's Birthday, remember to practice safety at all your celebrations. Fireworks safety is at the top of the safety list. Click HERE to read more about keeping children safe around fireworks.
July is National Child-Centered Divorce Month Unfortunately half of all American children will witness the breakup of their parent's marriage or relationship. Of those, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent's second marriage or relationship. The effects that divorce or a parental relationship breakup has on a child are many. Click HERE to read more about how adults can help children of all ages through difficult parental separation events.
July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month. Did you know that approximately 91% of Americans use a cell phone, there are more than 1.12 trillion minutes of talk time used per year, and over 822 billion text messages sent per year? If feel that cell phone rudeness is on the rise and would like to help stop this behavior from growing, check out this list of helpful cell phone ettiquette tips to follow:
- Be all there. When you’re in a meeting, performance, courtroom or other busy area, let calls go to voicemail to avoid a disruption. In some instances, it’s best to put your phone on silent mode.
- Keep it private. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid discussing private or confidential information in public. You never know who may be in hearing range.
- Keep your cool. Don’t display anger during a public call. Conversations that are likely to be emotional should be held where they will not embarrass or intrude on others.
- Learn to vibe. Use your wireless phone’s silent or vibration settings in public places such as business meetings, religious services, schools, restaurants, theaters or sporting events so that you don’t disrupt your surroundings.
- Avoid “cell yell.” Remember to use your regular conversational tone when speaking on your wireless phone. People tend to speak more loudly than normal and often don’t recognize how distracting they can be to others.
- Follow the rules. Some places, such as some restaurants or courtrooms, restrict or prohibit the use of mobile phones, so adhere to posted signs and instructions. Some jurisdictions may also restrict mobile phone use in public places.
- Excuse yourself. If you’re expecting a call that can’t be postponed, alert your companions ahead of time and excuse yourself when the call comes in; the people you’re with should take precedence over calls you want to make or receive.
- Send a text message when you want to send a quick message. But remember not to text while having a conversation with another person. It’s important to give others, especially clients and customers, your full, undivided attention.
- Watch and listen discreetly. Multimedia applications such as streaming video and music are great ways to stay informed and access the latest entertainment. Use earphones to avoid distracting others in public areas.
- Don’t text and drive. Don’t put your life or those of others at risk. Pull over if you absolutely must send a message or wait until you reach your destination.