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Last updated on 12/22/08

Why do some people think that texting is dangerous for children?

Many parents and educators are reluctant to allow children to text message. They argue that text messaging is dangerous, as texting while driving is one of the top driving distractions resulting in auto accidents, and can cause distractions for pedestrians and bicycle riders as well. Texting can also allow for a new form of cyber bullying.

Although their fears are definitely not unfounded, a ban on text messaging could hardly change the situation. Virtually anything can be used wrongfully, including text messaging. It is true that teenagers can text while driving, share obscene messages, and bully others, but that is just a high-tech version of what they have been doing all along. Rather than ban text messaging, teach your child about the dangers of text messaging and how he can avoid them.

In the Jewish Community

Text messaging is a heavily debated topic in the Jewish community. While some believe that text messaging is a harmless way of communication, others think that it can lead to relationships with undesirable people and promiscuity. There is no right answer to this debate, as everything in the world can be used for both the good and bad. Although a child’s text messages must be checked occasionally, they can prove to be quite useful and can aid in relationships between teens and parents.

Use the following links to educate yourself about text messages. Evaluate the pros and cons of text messages and view resources to help you make a decision most suitable for your family.

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Resources

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
http://www.sadd.org
SADD is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, and destructive decisions.

American Red Cross
http://www.redcross.org
The website of the American Red Cross provides information on first aid and safety. It also gives details about enrolling in babysitting classes.

WiredSafety
http://www.wiredsafety.org
This online safety group provides help, information, and education to mobile device users of all ages. The site covers everything from identity theft to cyber bullying.

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