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Parents' Top Back to School Tech Questions

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What should students know about sending email to a teacher?

Learning to send a proper email is an essential skill for kids.

Question: My kid's teacher encourages students to email him with questions. What's the etiquette for emailing a teacher?

Answer: Sending an email to a teacher isn't like emailing a friend. Here are some important dos and don'ts:

  • Use a proper salutation, correct grammar, and full sentences.
  • Clearly state the purpose of the email (didn't understand the homework, forgot the field trip form, etc.).
  • Save problems, complaints, and other issues for face-to-face discussion — that avoids a lot of drama
  • Be rude
  • Overuse emoticons
  • Attach long, elaborate email signatures with images, song quotes, etc.
  • Click "reply all" and send superfluous messages to everybody in the class or community
—Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media (Photo: iStock)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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