Teaching your children how to behave in public

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - High tech devices are great for a lot of reasons and many parents use them to keep their kids entertained, but it can also disturb those around you.

Melenie Broyles with Etiquette Saint Louis visits Fox 2 News in the Morning to talk about how parents can handle bringing their children out and about in public places.

1. Do not immediately provide entertainment. Give them a chance to learn the rules for behavior in restaurants, churches, movie theaters, libraries, airplanes, etc.

2. People should not expect kids to be perfect. Do not feel like you must always apologize ahead of time. If you deal with it, you do not need to apologize.

3. Head phones, headphones, headphones. Please do not teach your child that it is okay to listen to the volume on a device in a public place without headphones. Manners mean thinking of others. Even young children can understand this.

4. Stay in seat (plane, restaurant, movie), ‘‘please” and ‘‘thank you,” ‘‘no means no.”

5. Do not allow them to run around, make a mess, or lean over tables or walls to view others eating or conducting business.

6. Keep in mind if you review the rules ahead of time they will be more prepared.

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