Safe Text

Safe Text

Sneak Peek – Conclusion

In the ‘80s, parents would joke that if they wanted to know how to operate their VCR, they would just ask their teen. Fast forward to today, and the saying now holds true for cell phones. Teens are very adept at learning the advanced functionality and technology that comes standard with many cell phones.

Cell phones, with their access to the Internet and texting capabilities, are not in and of themselves dangerous. Cell phones have improved our ability to communicate and help us accomplish many positive things. However, when you put this freedom and accessibility into the hands of teens whom have limited life experiences and maturity, you are inadvertently creating a potential risk for them.

When you look at the numbers …

  • 73% of teens have cell phones
  • 54% of all teens text message daily
  • 22% of teen girls and 20 % of teen boys have sent nude or semi-nude photos of themselves
  • 24% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage
  • 26% have been harassed through their cell phone by voice calls or text messages
  • 47% have sent a text message they regretted sending

… and when many teens have unlimited texting cell phone plans, the opportunity for at-risk behavior increases significantly. Fortunately, you have this book and a variety of tools to help you keep your teen safe when texting … the foremost being education and a mutual agreement on how to use a cell phone responsibly. Following this Conclusion, I’ve included a Resources section with links to sites where you will find additional helpful tools and information. On the last page, you will find a sample parent / teen contract.

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