Examples of being fair include playing by the rules, taking turns, sharing and listening to others. Additional examples include being open-minded and allowing everyone an equal opportunity to succeed.
Fairness builds personal character and promotes honesty and respect for others. One of the best examples of fairness should come from parents who model fairness to their children. Parents should encourage their children to do as they do, and they should act appropriately since their children are watching them and often want to be like their parents.
To be fair, rules should be clear or readily accessible so people can follow them. When rules aren't explicitly stated, people can break them inadvertently and be punished unfairly. For example, if there is no verbal or written rule that students can't wear shorts to school, it is unfair to punish a student for this violation. Conversely, in the event of a rule violation, it is fair to have a consistent disciplinary process for all individuals to avoid giving some people unfair, preferential treatment.
Other examples of fairness include considering all the facts in a situation before making a decision. Balancing out the pros and cons of an action or choice helps individuals make fair choices.