From Our Editors
Good manners are timeless, but most modern children don't need to worry about proper behavior at high tea or holding their pinkies high while texting. That's why Faye de Muyshondt founded socialsklz:-)—to help youngsters learn the modern practical decorum that will help them effectively communicate both in-person and online. The company's essential kidz program, for instance, teaches students ages 4–7 about first impressions, phone interaction, and table manners, while the essential tweenz course for ages 8-12 incorporates internet etiquette such as writing a proper email and using social media safely and politely. Other private and group sessions focus on topics such as preparing for an interview, developing confidence, and managing stress. The classes at socialsklz:-) have proven as popular as using "please" and "thank you"—the organization has been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Time Out New York, and the Today Show.