kids_in_england.jpgGrowing up in the digital age, kids may not be regularly practicing skills that could get them into a favorite college or impress adults who might help them get a job.

A college professor was taken aback by the behavior of students in her class and decided to teach a basic social skills class for younger children who need to know that good manners and clear speaking are a requirement, not an option, for getting ahead in life.

A class for children 4 to 7 stresses the importance of eye contact and a firm handshake. They also practiced  basic greetings as well as proper phone etiquette.

The ‘tween group of 8- to 12-year-olds was slowly being taught to drop their penchant for saying “um,” “like,” and “ya’ know”, as well as the importance of speaking clearly and enunciating. They also learn the do’s and don’ts of posting material on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
— sites where potential employers could be put off by bad behavior.

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