Social rules and manners have been constantly changing and shaped, relative to the times and context. What is considered socially acceptable behaviour is highly malleable.
Looking at how social rules are taught by parents to their children, current times have seen an emphasis placed on 'stranger danger', being weary of adults that the child does not know. What is scary is that, children these days are also taught to be cautious of adults they do already know ('danger from within').
We teach children to be assertive rather than obedient.
In our survey on manners, we found that nearly half of Aussie parents teach their kids only to listen to and obey adults whom they know.
Mark McCrindle's book Word Up is a lexicon of 21st century youth slang, an overview of the factors shaping language, literacy, manners, and social interactions, and a guide to bridging communication gaps. For educators, employers, leaders and parents who rely on technology and spoken and written communications to influence and engage across the generations, Word up is an invaluable guide.
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