As the news stories about teens’ mainly mobile (digital) socializing multiply, parents seem to be turning a corner too. Monitoring kids on Facebook is “so 2009,” Yahoo! News reports. Even the very tech-savvy “Online Mom” blogger Monica Vila wrote recently that “everything went mobile and I lost control” – though calmly (and I think wisely) […]
Category Archives: texting
The good news is, the vast majority of young drivers and passengers (91%) now know how dangerous it is to text while driving (TWD) – very close to the figure for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol: 97%. We’re making progress, people. The bad news – according to research my organization, ConnectSafely.org, has conducted […]
You know that texting doesn’t just happen on phones, right? Kids can (and do) download a free texting app to any wi-fi-enabled device – iPod Touches, iPads, Android tablets, etc. – and text with their friends for hours without racking up any Verizon, AT&T or other mobile carriers’ charges. For the same reason that they’re […]
There seems to be something automatic about responding immediately when a text comes in. Maybe it’s because a text is just part of a conversation. But whatever that reflex is, it needs an override when we’re driving – an override either in the software between our ears or some “I’m not available right now” software […]
Shades of social media researcher danah boyd’s finding on teens’ “social steganography” (hiding in plain sight): The Daily reports (about halfway into a 2-min. video) that, because so many parents are now monitoring their kids on Facebook and checking their texts, “an enormous amount of teenagers” are using Instagram to take random photos just so […]
Software to disable texting, email, and Web browsing on phones while cars are in motion will soon be marketed to governments.
A grandfather and mobile tech expert writes about some of the factors that make texting so compelling for his granddaughter and her peers.
Teens actually text while driving a little less than adults, and they talk on their cellphones while driving a lot less than adults do.
For US teens, texting beats social networking by far for daily communication with peers, according to a Pew/Internet Project report released today. Nearly three-quarters (72%, up from 51% in 2006) of US teens send text messages daily, and 88% of teen cellphone users do. “Half of teens send 50 or more text messages a day, […]
Struggling earthquake survivors in Haiti can now text for help. “Countless volunteers” receiving the messages, the US State Department, the Pentagon, aid organizations, and Haiti’s leading cellphone carrier make up an emergency contact network for Haitians seeking aid, the New York Times reports. The story leads with the experience of Coast Guard volunteer and Chicago […]