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Some NYC Parents Hire Firms To Teach Children Basic Social Skills

November 3, 2011 by  

Some NYC Parents Hire Firms To Teach Children Basic Social Skills

A growing trend in New York City has some parents outsourcing the task of teaching their children social skills.

According to The Wall Street Journal,  companies like SocialSklz:-) — a company founded in 2009 to address deteriorating social skills in the age of iPhones, Twitter and Facebook friends — are being used to teach children how to communicate in ways that are not tech-oriented.

Among the skills that children may be taught by the firms are such basics as speaking naturally to other human beings, making phone calls to arrange dates and shaking hands. Another company called Little Givers, the article says, teaches children not only how to share but the principles of philanthropy.

According to the article, the necessity of teaching children how to be social in the real world and not just the tech world is in the numbers. A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation last year found that children ages 8 to 18 devoted an average of seven hours and 38 minutes to entertainment media each day, and 66 percent owned cellphones that they seldom used to make actual calls but instead for gaming and social networking.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Jan

    A parental task and it has to be outsourced. Maybe some folks just shouldn’t have kids if they can’t spend time with them to teach basic social skills.

    • karel Eekels

      Yes, Jan, makes you wonder why parents bring children on this world to begin with! First of all children have not been asked to be born. The world of convenience and instant gratification. May I say something is better than nothing but this category of people with this type of mindset lack the entire concept of existence and to take it a step further also should not have pet animals in or around their homestead. (The overcrowding of animal shelters around the country is testimony). The teaching of social skills and the interaction with one’s neighbor is a duty and responsibility of parenthood and also should not be dumped on the country’s over-burdened school system (from k-through 12th. grade). Our educational system is meant and designed for educating the next generation only, and mind you this is paid for by local and county taxes.

    • Kat

      I hate to say it but what you said is true of schooling as well. What parent in their right mind turns their vulnerable child over to the system for 8 hours a day and expects good results? I actually would be more inclined to hire someone to teach my children social skills than I would be inclined to send them to public school, or even private school for that matter. We have a obligation to raise our kids and that means we should be educating them as well. My son was home schooled through high school. Because I only have a high school degree, critics said he would be uneducated. Yet he graduated with honors from a very good university. If you are going to have kids, step up to the plate and take responsibility. You can do it!

      • s c

        Kat, you see this from a parent’s perspective. I see it from a teacher’s perspective. Between the two of us, we have a good idea of what a public school is worth in America. VERY FEW of them are worth keeping. The first way to radically alter education is to DUMP all union teachers.
        While they could have included more details in this article, the basic thrust says much about ‘modern’ parents. The thought of sending an innocent kid into that abomination that Obummer protects is beyond disgusting.
        From the time I was a kid, schools were pressing the ‘socialization’ factor of public schools. Of course, that goes back before sputnik’s impact and Uncle Scam’s takeover of the rest of American education.
        Now, people are truly “socialized” all the way through grade school, high school and up to and including colleges and universities. To make matters even worse, MANY so-called ‘educated’
        people (professors, in particular) are utter IDIOTS. It certainly didn’t do Obummer any good. People, get your kids OUT of those #@^&*$ public schools. You have ONE chance to do things right.

    • http://naver samurai

      100% agree. It’s the parents responsibility and not some stranger. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      • Jerry

        It’s not only a responsibility, it’s a PRIVILEGE!!!

  • Ellen

    What ever happened to teaching by example? Do these parents not do these things in front of their children, so their children can learn them naturally – like the how language is learned? It seems this company’s product is needed throughout the country where parents are absent in their children’s lives, but should not be needed in these homes. Why be a parent if you don’t want to raise your child?

  • CP

    What ever happened to going to the playground at school and talking to your classmates during recess? Ooops, forgot, no money for teachers to watch the playgrounds any more, and a lot of schools don’t even have them. Mom and Dad can’t teach all the social skills you need for real life especially when the kids are more interested in their online chats and games than in what Mom and Dad might or might not be doing. We no longer allow our kids to be just kids, but insist they be small adults, almost as soon as they are capable of talking, let alone walking.

  • 45caliber

    If the parents must hire someone to teach the children things like this, they aren’t much as parents.

    • eddie47d

      There have been manner schools at least since the 50′s and probably much longer. How to walk talk and be polite and then there is Miss Manners and Ann Landers. This is not a new phenomenon.

  • http://none RPaul or same ol’

    And don’t forget pre-school, good grief!

  • Buck

    They also need to taught how to be human beings , unlike the occupy protestors .

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