Teaching kids manners in the information age

March 31, 2010 3:14:31 PM PDT
Call it a class on modern manners. A local school is teaching etiquette in this new information age. From proper dining etiquette to Internet etiquette, it's what your young ones need to know to be successful adults.

And if you're a parent, you know that getting your kids to say please and thank you can often be a lot of work. And sometimes, it starts to feel a little like badgering. So one woman is doing the work for you.

A handshake, a first impression and keeping up good appearances is what Faye Rogaski teaches. The idea for manners classes came about when she was teaching at New York University and found that college kids weren't equipped with basic etiquette.

So she launched Socialsklz:-) in October and teaches 4-year-olds and up. To make it fun, they dress up and have a pretend dinner party to learn about place settings and table manners.

And there's even information about using the Internet, including what's appropriate and what isn't.

It is a more modern approach to manners that can do some good, according to the kids and their parents.

"She's been able to get them to say please and thank you more than I can," one parent said.

If your kids need a little work on their manners, Socialsklz may work for them. Workshops are $195 for four classes or $65 each, and classes are in Manhattan.

Visit Socialsklz.com for more information.