Like any normal young person, I like to have fun. For me that’s reading books, going to the movies, chatting with friends face to face or online, etc. To others that could be partying, going to theme parks, playing video games or the countless other things that we could think of. The point is that sometimes when we interact with others, there are certain expectations that need to be met; for example ‘being appropriate’. Regardless of whether you are male or female, there will always be people who make you feel uncomfortable with how they act or what they say. It won’t always be on purpose, and sometimes they don’t see the level of harm that they are causing and when you confront them, they just laugh it off.
“How to be appropriate?” well the answer is quite simple, don’t do anything or say anything in private (online) to another person that would be humiliating if everyone else knew what it was. And if you are still unsure, there is a simple list of things that you generally shouldn’t do:
- Don’t comment on another person’s culture or beliefs in a way that suggests that you know better than them.
- Sending personal photos of yourself is not the same as saying “Hi”, “How are you?”, “Hello” and or “What’s the weather like over there?”
- Insulting people online is the same as cyber-bullying and if you are going to do it, please use your real-name, address and contact number, because if you have to hide…then you shouldn’t be doing it.
- When you are out in public, try to be considerate of those around you and don’t behave as though you’ve never been taught manners.
- Lastly, when you are having a bad day, don’t take it out on others… more often than not, it’s the passer-by who is the biggest victim.
There are plenty of other things that we could list, however this is just a start.
(Hi, is there anything that you would like to add to the list?)