Nowadays, gadget is mostly used by kids. The effect of gadget usage on kids is that they are having lack of interaction and communication. Kids become introvert and impatient, interpersonal problem and lack of interpersonal communication skill and keep them away from surrounding environment. Social skills are a critical element to helping kids succeed socially, emotionally, personally, and even academically. These skills are the behaviours that help kids join in conversations, collaborate with peers, develop lasting friendships, self-advocate when they need help, and so much more. The truth is, though, that kids are kids; they are still developing, learning, growing, and trying to make sense of the social world around them. As adults, the biggest impact we can have to help kids learn social skills is to teach them.
If we teach kids and young adults these social skills from an early age, they will have the foundations they need as adults.
Here are social skills and strategies for teaching them:
A willingness to share a snack or share a toy can go a long way to helping kids make and keep friends. Teaching kids to share may help boost their self-esteem.
Cooperating means working together to achieve a common goal. Kids who cooperate are respectful when others make requests. Good cooperation skills are essential for successfully getting along within a community.
Listening isn’t just about staying quiet—it means really absorbing what someone else is saying. Listening also is a critical component of healthy communication.
- Following direction
This is having the ability to listen, understand expectations, and follow through in a timely manner. Kids who struggle to follow directions are likely to experience a variety of consequences. If your children struggle to follow directions, give them opportunities to practice following simple commands and give young child one direction at a time.
- Respecting Personal Space
It’s important to teach kids how to respect other people’s personal space. Create household rules that encourage kids to respect other people’s personal space. “Knock on closed doors,” and “Keep your hands to yourself,” are just a few examples.
- Making Eye Contact
Good eye contact is an important part of communication. Some kids struggle to look at the person they’re speaking to. Whether your child is shy and prefers to stare at the floor or simply won’t look up when engrossed in another activity, emphasize the importance of good eye contact.
- Using manners
Saying please and thank you and using good table manners can go a long way toward helping your child gain attention for the right reasons. Be a good role model with your manners. That means saying, “No, thank you,” and “Yes, please,” to your child on a regular basis. Offer reminders when your children forget to use manners and praise them when you catch them being polite.
- Waiting and having patience
Developing patience is a critical skill during times when we have to wait. Kid and young adults might have to wait in line at the pencil sharpener or wait for their turn to speak in a group, just to name a few. By having patience, they show that they are courteous and respectful to all.
- Good Hygiene
Proper self-care means keeping yourself well-groomed and neat. This is an important skill because not only is it about being clean, but it helps everyone make a positive first impression.
- Being a Good Sport
Learning to be a good sport can help kids and young adults be respectful when they engage in games and activities. It can also help them positively cope with losing by focusing on having fun instead of winning.
These are skills that can be learned and strengthened with effort and practice.