One form of communication today that is extremely popular is texting. It is so easy because you can get straight to the point of communication. This may be why it appeals to the younger generations. They have even gone so far as to shorten words to enable quicker communication. Because it is so popular, this form of communication is definitely something that parents should be aware of and place parameters around. Until a child is trustworthy with the cell phone there may need to be limited, if any, texting.
Another issue that has popped up in this current trend is called “sexting.” This can be either sexually explicit conversation or explicit pictures. With the introduction of camera phones this has become a major problem. The government is beginning to crack down on explicit pictures sent via text. Most teens send them as a joke or because they have not thought through the ramifications of their actions. However, because they are underage, the government is treating this issue as child pornography. Please have a discussion with your child about this issue before allowing them to send or receive texts.