Friday, January 29, 2010

TXTING ETIQUT

WELL WE FINLY BRKE DWN N GOT TH GRLS A CELPHN FOR XMAS. ITS ALL THEY RLY WNTED. WE DIDN GET A TXTNG PLN W/ TH PHNS, BUT SOON RELIZD THAT IT WAS NEEDD. AFTR 250 TXTS IN A MTTR OF WKS, R WRLESS BIL WZ ASTRNOMCAL! BTW HOW R U DOIN W/ RDING MY SHRTHND WRTNG? ITS PRBLY MCH HRDER 2 TPE THN IT IS 2 READ!

Ok, that's much better. I'll bet you didn't have any trouble reading the first paragraph at all did you? Especially if you have been texting for a while. It wasn't long after the girls received their cell phones that we realized that a texting plan would be a good idea. In fact, I don't think I have heard the girl's phones "ring" once since they got them. All they do is text back and forth constantly between their friends - usually with a one or two word sentence at best.

In a hectic world where time seems so limited, it is nice to have this new technology like text messaging. How convenient it is to send a brief message and get a timely response back no matter where you are. But, I can't help but think that our convenient world of texting enables us to ignore those who are right next to us. I feel that mindless texting can show disrespect at a family gathering or important event. For some, texting has become an addiction. Kids today send out countless texts a day. They text late at night when thier parents are asleep. They text in restaurants, while crossing the streets, in the hallway at school, etc. They text so much that their thumbs hurt!    

Freedom Writer (hubby) and I made the decision to get the phones for safety reasons, and so far I have absolutely no regrets. Knowing that I can get in contact with my kids pretty much any time of day, gives me peace of mind. It is my goal to teach my girls proper cell phone/texting etiquet so that they can take an interest in people by really listening and really communicating in a "productive way". Can this be done through texting? Perhaps. But I don't want them sending out countless texts every day; therefore, I have established a limited texting plan and they have to personally pay for each and every text beyond the allotted amount.  My hope is that they will not abuse this privilege.

Getting this message through to them will be another story.  Perhaps I should text them....

9 comments:

Deborah Ann said...

Hehe...I love the picture. Your girls look so sassy!

I have never texted, and probably never will. It's good you're keeping an eye on your kids messaging, and enforce limits. Great job, mom!

quilly said...

Limitis are good in all things, texting included.

I don't text. To me it takes far longer -- even w/abrevs -- than calling and saying what I want to say. On the other hand, one can't call clandestinely while in class, can one?

I my classroom it was well known that a child caught texting during lessons would have the cell phone confiscated until his/her parent contacted me.

hulagirlatheart said...

Oy, we've been through that. We finally got an unlimited texting plan and make our daughter pay a portion of the monthly cost. It keeps the peace around here.

Thena said...

The Christmas I got my son a cellphone I didn't think texting was that big of a deal. Until like ya'll I received the bill. You were easier on yours than I was. I blocked his texting completely. To me 3500 in one month for one person was just uncalled for. Then when my step-daughter got one oh my, I know what you mean about the texting. That's all she does. She has made the statement that she would die without her phone. Can you guess her age? Probably somewhere close to one of yours. lol

Pamela said...

If I want any dialog at all with my 14 year old grandson (in california) I have to text him

Debs said...

My family text all the time. But there are rules that must be followed or the phones go bye bye for a week. LOL No texting while in church or restaurant. Do not text when I am speaking to you or asking a question. No texting while eating at the dinner table. No texting when we have company over. That is just rude.

I hate people who talk or text while driving.

janet said...

I think texting is the new rage- replacing phone calls,emails, handwritten notes, etc.

Did you see the Little People, Big World episode when the youngest boy sent something like 8000 text messages and they did NOT have an unlimited plan? YOWSERS!!!! lol

Heather said...

I have been at family dinners and other parties and am amazed at the people texting during the night! I was just at a gathering Tuesday night and realized how different I am from many others in regards to texting. It's funny, though, I had to go home early with the kids and decided for fun to send a text to my husband. At 11:30 I got a call telling me he would be coming home. I asked him if he got the text - he said "no, I just flipped the phone open and called!" He didn't read it until he got home! So much for being in touch all the time!

Heather said...

i love Deb's rules! I will have to adopt those when my kids finally get phones! (None yet - kids are 10,7 and 5).

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