1. Exercise the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Speak with respect to one another on the phone or in a text. Remember, that there's another person on the receiving
end of what you're sending.
2. Don't text or talk on your handset while you're driving. This is a big mistake that can lead to wrecks
and fatalities. Nothing is so important that it can't wait and if it is then find a place to pull off the
road and send your message or make your call. Plus, in some states you may get a ticket if you're
3. If the person that you're talking to can't hear you don't speak louder. Cell phones have microphones
that are right at your mouth so the phone will carry your voice, no need to shout.
4. Turn off your ringer in public places. Nothing is more annoying than a phone going off in a public
5. Don't talk or text when you are in the company of someone else. It makes the person that you're
with feel unimportant.
6. Don't talk in a public place where others can hear your conversation. Exercise the 10 Foot Proximity
Rule - keep a distance of 10 feet from the closest person when you're talking on the phone.
7. Don't snap pictures or video someone without their permission. Just because there's a camera on
your phone it doesn't give you the right to photograph someone. Don't post a picture of anyone
on-line without their consent - it can lead to big trouble if you do, especially if the picture is
inappropriate (better yet, don't take inappropriate pictures).
8. If you drop a call, call the person back.
9. Don't text when you're angry. Anger can blind you and result in doing or saying things that you later
regret. When you blast someone out of anger it can cause a lot of hurt or even more anger.
Unfortunately, once the deed is done there's no going back. If you are mad at someone, lay low until
you get your cool and then address the situation.
10. Remember, the way you text is not the way you write an academic paper. It's not uncommon to see
teens use the lingo and abbreviated versions of texting in their academic work. “U know what I
mean? U need 2 Bcareful. Not a good habit 2 4m.”