By Funmi Ajumobi

1. Cell phones are not really important when family and friends are present. Rule 1: ‘Family comes first’. If you are spending time with your family, don’t fiddle with your phone as this makes you ignore others which show that they are not important.

Gold-plated-iphone-22. Don’t make or receive calls when you should be doing something else.

Rule 2 is, ‘Focus and finish’. Fiddling with or talking on your phone means your homework will take much longer to get done. So, turn the phone off and get the work done.

3. Cell phones should not be used at school, church, mosque and restaurants. In fact, when you are in these places, turn your phone off.

Rule 3 is: don’t be a nuisance to others.

4. Your phone has a camera. Never take pictures of your private parts, or those of others.

  1. Cell phones should never make bodily sounds. Ringtones and applications that fart, belch or puke are not so funny to others. They shouldn’t be on your phone.

 

Do you know this expression?

To hold your tongue

This idiom does not actually mean that you should stick your fingers in your mouth and grab a hold of your tongue. It means that you should not talk. People “hold their tongues” when they are in situations where they want to talk, but it would be better if they didn’t.

So, while their tongue is ready to do some talking, they “hold” it and don’t say anything. For example, when your parents are talking with their friends and you feel like you want to contribute but you have not been called into the conversation, it is better to hold your tongue and just listen instead of interrupting.

Parents can prevent or lessen the chance of sexual abuse by
* Telling children that if someone tries to touch their bodies and do things that make them feel funny, they should say
NO to that person and tell their parents right away
* Teaching children that respect does not mean blind obedience to adults and to authority. For example, parents should not tell children to always do everything the teacher or baby-sitter tells them to do

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