Things have changed rapidly in the past few decades and many things that were once the social norm are no longer acceptable. The internet, phones that take videos, instant messaging, and social media have all made the world much smaller and times have changed. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the changing social climate:
Once a standard of every school and workplace, bullying is no longer acceptable. If your grandchild complains about being picked on in their classroom you shouldn't tell them to "get over it" or to punch the other kid out and teach them a lesson. Bullying is no longer allowed in schools and the proper steps should be taken to notify the teacher and school officials to report the incidents.
Gender and Race Equality
Women no longer belong in the kitchen and every person is equal. It's not okay to make suggestive remarks about a woman's body or dress, and it's against the law to discriminate because of someone's ethnicity.
Homosexuals are out of the closet, as are lesbians, transgenders, and those of other sexual persuasions. It's not okay to ridicule or harass someone because their different, so if you disagree with someone's lifestyle you should keep it to yourself.
Alcohol and Drugs
Alcohol used to be a norm for socializing; now the opposite is true. While your doctor may say a glass of wine or a mixed drink each evening is good for your health it is a proven fact that overindulging in alcohol is one of the worst things you can do to your health. On the opposite end, marijuana was once considered taboo and is now accepted for many medical uses in most states and legal for recreational use in several.
Social media is great for keeping in touch with friends and family and finding people who share your beliefs and interests. It's important to keep in mind that what goes out on the internet is there forever, so don't post any comment or photo that can came back at you in a negative manner.
What do all of these points have in common? Respect. If you're not sure if a comment is socially correct it may be your instincts telling you it's not, so look up the subject before you say it or post it. If you respect others regardless of their looks, preferences, and beliefs you'll be able to navigate changes in the social climate like a pro!