Text Ed Q & A

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Thanks to everyone for their questions for the LG TextEd campaign. As promised here are the interviews with my girls. I would really be interested in your feed back and responses to their answers.


J., age 15, 10th grade, high school


How many times a day do you get a text?

It depends on the day – about 15 or so.

How many hours a day do you stay on the phone with friends & how many with family?

Usually it is just in the evenings with my friends.

Do you feel the need to answer every text or call?

Not pressured but I do answer most every text when it comes.

Don’t you ever get tired of the phone & all the text messaging?

No.

Do people make you uncomfortable with what they text you?

No. My friends and I don’t play those kinds of games.

Do you ever say things in a text you would not say in person or over the telephone? Do you feel texting is more impersonal that talking?

No.

Do you answer your cell if you do not recognize the number?

Only if I just gave a friend my number and they said that they’d call or text to give me their number.

Has anyone tried to trick you into giving out personal information?

No.

Have you, or anyone you know, been cyber bullied? How was it handled?

No. My friends and I only tease and joke around.

On average, at what age do kids receive their own phone?

I was 14. I have seen some little kids with phones. What does a second grader need with a phone?

Do you pay for your cell phone? Do your friends? How (allowance, chores, etc)? If you have a plan, and your texting goes over the amount, do your parents make you responsible for paying? How many months have you gone over your texting limit?

No. My phone was free with my parent’s phone plans. I have unlimited texting.

What is your school policy on texting? Are cell phones allowed on campus? How do your teachers prevent cheating via text during class/tests? Does texting during school time affect your studies or paying attention in class?

They are not allowed at school. It is prevented by the teachers confiscating all cell phones that they see. Even if it is in your backpack or pocket.

My personal belief is that texting lingo is “dumbing down” young people. I cringe when I see kids using “u”, “ur”, “2?, etc. Would you agree or disagree? Why?

Yes, I do because everyone who uses those shortcuts use them doing everything. Even in English class. People even say the letters instead of the words like “ikr”.

What is ‘ikr’?

“I know, right?”

Do you feel uncomfortable allowing your parents to read your text messages? Why? If so, can you discuss openly the topics that make you uncomfortable once you have thought about it? Do you ever delete texts off your phone to keep your parents from seeing them? If so, do you feel guilty or justified because it is your private message?

No. I only delete text when I have run out of room on my phone. I don’t hide anything. I have nothing to hide.

Do you know what ‘sexting’ means? How do your friends feel about sexting with people? Do girls feel pressure to sext? To send sexual pictures?

Yes and it is disgusting. I don’t know what would pocess someone to make them want to do it. No one that I hang out with does it but I am sure there are others who do.

Have you ever photographed any body part and sent it? Has anyone ever sent you an inappropriate photo?

Ewww. No. Not ever.

How far do you go to get around your parent’s rules for phone use?

I don’t. I would like to keep my phone so I follow the rules.

Is texting less personal than talking?

It is much less personal but most of my friends and I have found that it is easier to understand one another as most people just talk too quietly to be heard.

Does having a cell phone add to your personal safety?

I know if I ever need I can call an adult (such as my mom or dad) and they could help or if need be 911. Or if it’s something small like forgetting the homework I can just call or text a friend.

Can you think of a time when a cellphone might put you at risk?

Getting mugged for it, I suppose, or if I were stupid enough to talk to someone that I don’t actually know.


G. age 12 years, 11 month, 363 days, 7th grade, middle school

How many times a day do you get a text?

It depends on what’s going on or if something happened at school. Sometimes I get one or two and some days it may be 20 or 30.

How many hours a day do you stay on the phone with friends & how many with family?

I don’t talk on the phone much. My friends and I mostly text.

Do you feel the need to answer every text or call?

No.

Don’t you ever get tired of the phone & all the text messaging?

No.

Do people make you uncomfortable with what they text you?

No.

Do you ever say things in a text you would not say in person or over the telephone?

No.

Do you answer your cell if you do not recognize the number?

Sometimes, like if I have given someone my number and am expecting them to call or text so I can have their number.

Has anyone tried to trick you into giving out personal information?

No.

Have you, or anyone you know, been cyber bullied? How was it handled?

Yes. It was two summers ago when I first got my cellphone. I broke off a friendship with a girl who had begun to harass me wanting to call boys and gossip about other people who were my friends. She seemed very jealous I had other friends. She started texting and saying she would get her older sister to hurt me. It didn’t scare me but she was flooding my phone with texts. My momma blocked her number but she kept using other phones to send messages. My momma stepped in, sent photos of the text to her mother and grandparents and she left me alone after that.

On average, at what age do kids receive their own phone?

I was 11. I don’t think little kids need a phone.

Do you pay for your cell phone? Do your friends? How (allowance, chores, etc)? If you have a plan, and your texting goes over the amount, do your parents make you responsible for paying? How many months have you gone over your texting limit?

My phone was free when my parents got their new phones. My momma shares her minutes with me. My text is unlimited. I have chores but they are not because I need to work to pay for my phone.

What is your school policy on texting? Are cell phones allowed on campus? How do your teachers prevent cheating via text during class/tests? Does texting during school time affect your studies or paying attention in class?

Phone are not allowed at school. If you take one to school the teachers will find out and take it from you.

My personal belief is that texting lingo is “dumbing down” young people. I cringe when I see kids using “u”, “ur”, “2?, etc. Would you agree or disagree? Why?

Yes, for some people it is dumbing down. They can’t spell at all. When you text the short hand is easier and faster. Texting is about being fast at typing and quick to response.

Do you feel uncomfortable allowing your parents to read your text messages? Why? If so, can you discuss openly the topics that make you uncomfortable once you have thought about it? Do you ever delete texts off your phone to keep your parents from seeing them? If so, do you feel guilty or justified because it is your private message?

No. My momma can read my phone. I don’t text things that I am not supposed to. I only delete stuff when my box is full.

Do you know what ‘sexting’ means? How do your friends feel about sexting with people? Do girls feel pressure to sext? To send sexual pictures?

Gross. That is nasty. I don’t do that and my friends don’t either.

Have you ever photographed any body part and sent it? Has anyone ever sent you an inappropriate photo?

Yuck. That is disgusting. If someone sent me a picture that wasn’t a nice picture they wouldn’t be my friend any more.

How far do you go to get around your parent’s rules for phone use?

I don’t. I like having a phone and breaking the rules means I won’t have a phone.

Is texting less personal than talking?

For my friends and I, no, it is a continuation of our communication. Just a different skill we use to ‘talk’.

Does having a cell phone add to your personal safety?

Yes, if something happens I can quickly call my parents or 911. When we go to the mall or a large store I am only allowed to browse and wander around if I have my cellphone in my pocket.

Can you think of a time when a cellphone might put you at risk?

If I answered an unknown caller or someone tried to take my phone from me.

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If you have tweens and teens these questions really open up communications. Have you had this conversations with your own kids? Grandkids? Nieces and nephews? Opening the line of communication is really important. I hope you will take some time to sit with your tweens and teens and interview them much like this post. If you do I’d like to hear what feed back your kids gave you. By leaving your comments here BlogHer is matching LG’s donation of .50 to dosomething.org. That means for every comment you leave $1 is being donated to inspire our kids to do more, do better, do something.

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