Cell Phone Etiquette for Teens: Success Tip
The following scenario on cell phone etiquette for teens is from the Teaching Guide for my book Smile & Succeed for Teens: Must-Know People Skills for Today's Wired World:
TEACHER RESOURCE 10
PROFESSIONAL ELECTRONIC ETIQUETTE
Jane Johnson was absent yesterday and needs to find out what she missed in her English class.
Inappropriate Email Message:
Subject Line: Hey!
Sorry I missed ur class yesterday, I was real sick from some food we ate last night. Not fun.
I don’t want this to mess with my grade though. I’m taking some medicine and hope 2 b back real soon. Just wanted to let u know what was up. Hope I didn’t miss anything!
Professionally Written Email Message:
Subject Line: Jane Johnson, English 1. Missed class today
Dear Mrs. Smith,
I am sorry that I was unable to attend English class today (Monday, December 8). I understand from a classmate that a study guide for Friday’s exam was distributed. Would it be possible for me to pick up the study guide after school tomorrow between 3 p.m and 4 p.m? Could we please go over anything that I missed at that time? I do not want to fall behind in the class due to my absence. I appreciate your time and look forward to speaking with you soon.
Cell phone etiquette for teens is critical for success in school, work, and life. Please feel free to share this scenario with mothers, teachers and teens to ensure every email or text a teen sends is professional.