The numbers are in and they aren’t good. People are still texting and driving. More men than women are texting according to a recent report but the overall number is still too high. In a split second tragedy can happen and it is just not worth it.
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The important thing for us to remember is that our kids are watching us to set the example. Some studies show that kids’ driving records can be directly correlated with their parents driving records. This is really interesting because it definitely shows us that it doesn’t matter so much what we tell our kids as it does what we show them.
If you must talk on your phone while your driving – which is still not optimal either – use a handsfree device.
My favorite bluetooth of the year is by far the LG Tone Wireless Bluetooth
It is super easy to connect with your phone and even easier to use. The great thing is that it doesn’t sit in your ear but instead hangs around your neck like a wonderful fashion accessory. When your phone rings the device vibrates just a bit which is wonderful. The ear buds sit in either end of the device and you only put them in your ear when you are actually making a call. The comfort level on this is super high. The voice dial feature is very easy to use. I got one for my husband who had only briefly used a blue tooth once before and did not have a good impression of using a blue tooth device. He is loving the LG Tone.
This is possibly my favorite tech gadget of the year. It still doesn’t solve the problem of people texting and driving. We still have to work on that.
(The only thing is you still have to watch yourself when talking on your phone while using this bluetooth in a public place. People will think you are a crazy person talking to yourself. People are getting used to looking for a blue tooth gadget resting in a persons ear when they see someone talking to themselves in the store – but they are not used to seeing the bluetooth hang around your neck.)
Join the discussion: “Like” the Distracted Driving Safety Alliance on Facebook and let us know about your experiences with other people texting and driving. ( a Facebook Like button can be found on the right hand side of this page).
Kids today seem to be born with an innate sense of how to use a smart phone and text. You have seen a very small child holding their moms cell phone and playing some game while Mom sits there and has coffee with a friend. Lately, there have been more discussions about whether or not cell phones are safe for our children to use primarily because we don’t know what the waves that connect our cell phones to each other are doing to our children’s developing brains.
My four children all have cell phones. But as I was telling another mom who was concerned about her teenager using a cell phone, I’m not entirely convinced my kids know there is a phone on their cell phone. They use these devices to text, play video games, record video and upload it to the internet, take still pictures and tune their guitar (yes there’s an app for that).
Kids don’t spend as much time with their cell phones held up to their ear. Even still there are things we can do to ensure their cell phone use is as safe as possible.
1)Do not give them a smart phone under the age of 13.
Know your own kid – some kids are ready for the responsibility of a phone earlier than other kids. One gauge our family used was the way they were able to take care of their own bedroom. When they could keep their own room clean then we knew they were ready to take on more responsibility.
If you really want to give your younger kid a phone consider one with limited functions. Look for a phone that only calls Mom, Dad, and an emergency number. The point is that you want to be able to get ahold of them and you want them to be able to call you. That is all that is needed.
3)Use a headset
4)Set up a docking station in a central room of your house where everyone always charges their cell phones and have your child / teen plug their phone in at night.
Do not let them sleep with their phone.
Do not let them use the “my battery died” excuse for not calling home when they are going to be late.
5)Set limits. Have your kids involved in this conversation and let them know what your concerns might be. Revisit these limits yearly – as your children grow and mature their phone privileges should too.
6)Be a good role model for your kids.
Parents need to take the lead. We sat down with Jane Lynch last week in San Diego to talk with her about her latest project on Text Ed. Visit LGTextEd.com to find out more about this project and the collaboration with our friend Rosalind Wiseman.
NEWPORT NEWS — A teenage girl stands in front of a bathroom mirror. She wants to make her boyfriend happy, so she relents to his request. She snaps a picture of her naked body with a cell phone and sends him the image.
This is how a typical “sexting” episode begins. It often ends with the girl’s boyfriend resending her picture to countless friends, some of whom post the images on the Internet. Sexting is a growing trend among teens nationally, as well as on the Peninsula, as teenagers under-estimate the long-term effects of it, authorities say.
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