Kids: Kindness, Courtesy and Respect

Teaching Children Social Skills: Kindness, Courtesy and Respect

This course is designed to teach children that kindness, courtesy and respect for others are fundamental social and life skills.  The impetus behind this project is the observation that these habits are not being transmitted to all children to the extent that many adults wish. This learning system was created to demonstrate the behaviors that form the basis of satisfying relationships with others.

The goal of this video is to promote courteous and respectful behavior.  Through behaving courteously and respectfully, we want children to experience that their lives work better for them and they are more likely to get their needs met.  As they accumulate successful experiences, doing the right thing will likely become part of their character.

 



Being With People and Making Friends

This lesson demonstrates the skills involved in approaching another person to engage in an activity and perhaps develop a friendship.  It shows an anxious, hesitant boy approaching another isolated child with an offer to play together, followed by them both inviting a third child to join them.  It presents the boy approaching and introducing himself to another while using eye contact and a pleasant tone of voice. Please log in or register to view full article and video
 

Dealing With Differences

Summary:

This lesson highlights the diversity among people that is part of everyday life.  It draws the distinction between external, observable differences and internal, emotional experiences that all people share in common.  These external differences are displayed visually while the song explores the theme that "inside we are all the same," despite how we might talk, act, dress, or otherwise live our lives.

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Adults and Being Considerate

Summary:

The generational boundary that has historically existed between children and adults has been eroded.  This lesson is designed to address this.  Initially, a child is shown as she fails to honor this boundary.  After instruction from the mentor, she addresses the adult with a title to demonstrate respect.  Respect is defined by the teacher as a matter of behavior ("using courteous in a pleasant tone of voice"), not an emotion or thought.  Thus the child is counseled to behave in a respectful fashion even if she may not feel respect for the adult.  Inconsiderate behavior followed by consideration on the part of the child is then demonstrated.

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Graciousness, Gratitude, and Courteous Language

Summary:

This lesson highlights the skills of polite language in children's interactions with others.  A child is demonstrated demanding something from another child and thus not getting her needs met.  After instruction from the mentor, she requests rather than demands and uses courteous language, resulting in her achieving her desired result.  Also demonstrated is the use of the language of gratitude after a child is disappointed in a gift he receives.  Once again, the theme is demonstrated that we can behave courteously even if we feel negative emotion (e.g., disappointment).

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Privacy

Summary:

This lesson shows two incidents where two boys invade the personal and material privacy of the other.  The segment highlights the need to honor the privacy of another's possessions as well as the privacy of their personal information.

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Telephone Courtesy

Summary:

This lesson highlights the unique nature of the telephone--that it can intrude on the lives of others at the caller's, not necessarily the receiver's, convenience.  Consequently, care must be taken to use the telephone in a courteous fashion.  Demonstrated in this lesson is a discourteous use of the telephone followed by an example where it is used politely.  Specific telephone manners are presented.

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