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....