In Defense Of Texting, My Favorite Parenting Tool

Posted by Tim Woda

February 15, 2014 at 12:49 PM

This article is from the Huffington Post by Senior Columnist Lisa Belkin. Check out how one parent feels towards texting -- and why she loves it for her children so much. 

Yes, I know the dangers. That it affects the brain like an addictive drug. That it shortens our attention spans, and reduces our sleep, increases our stress and keeps us from interacting meaningfully with our kids. I have read all the studies and agree we should all back away from our screens, put down our phones and look each other in the eye when we talk.

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Topics: digital parenting, texting, Parental Intelligence, families texting, texting and communication

Face It, Your Child is Sexting

Posted by Tim Woda

October 31, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Making poor decisions and underestimating their consequences are the hallmarks of being a teenager. Today, teenagers are faced with so many decisions to make every day, it can seem unbelievable that any of them make it into their twenties unscathed.

Getting into trouble while navigating the dating world is nothing new for teenagers, either. However, what is new are all the different ways to communicate: talking on the phone, text messaging, email, facebook, twitter, the list goes on. With all of these avenues of communication available, it was only a matter of time before teens found themselves in trouble because of it.

Sexting is a fairly new term that is used to describe a number of activities. Mainly, it refers to exchanging sexually suggestive or explicit text messages and email, but it also is used to describe exchanging photos or other sexual material, and also forwarding or otherwise sharing the information received with someone else.

What the studies are showing

Researchers at the University of Utah's Department of Psychology conducted an survey of 606 teenagers aged 14 to 18. Twenty percent of the teens admitted to sending a sexual image of themselves using a cell phone. Almost 40 percent said they had received one, and worse, more than 25 percent of those students admitted to sharing the sext with their friends.

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Topics: sexting, texting, Parental Intelligence, what to do if my child is sexting, is my child sexting

Child Getting a New Phone? Better Have a Parental Monitoring Tool

Posted by Tim Woda

January 1, 2012 at 3:55 PM

What are the conditions of giving your child a cell phone? Whatever is acceptable for your child, it's important to clearly communicate those rules in a parent/child cell phone contract.

As adults, we have to sign a “terms of use” agreement for pretty much everything we do. It lets us know what's expected of us and what happens if we break our word. Kids who receive a cell phone from their parents need exactly the same thing.

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Topics: texting, Parental Intelligence, cell phone contract, Cell phone for kids, is my child ready for a cell phone

Girls More Avid Texters Than Boys

Posted by Tim Woda

December 9, 2010 at 3:12 PM

girl textingWe know that tweens and teens are really, really good at texting. Texting while walking, texting discreetly in class, carrying on multiple text conversations at once. But is there a difference among kids in who texts the most?

Turns out that it’s no coincidence that both the winners and half-dozen finalists in the 2009 and 2010 LG Texting Championships have been female. Girls do the bulk of the texting the majority of the time, specifically teenage girls.

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Topics: texting, Parental Intelligence, Mobile, girls text more than boys, do girls text more than boys

Hypertexting Teens More Likely to Have Sex, Drink, and Do Drugs

Posted by Tim Woda

November 24, 2010 at 3:13 PM

textingDo you know how much texting and social networking your teen is doing? You may want to sit up and play closer attention to how your child communicates online – not just looking for “red flags,” but at the overall amount of time they spend doing it.

Researchers from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that excessive texters and social networkers were more likely to drink, do drugs, and be sexually active.

According to the study, teens who sent more than 120 texts per school day were:

    • 3.5 times more likely to have had sex
    • 90% more likely to report four or more sexual partners
    • twice as likely to have tried alcohol
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Topics: texting, Parental Intelligence, texting and sex, hypertexting, texting and bad behavior