10 Tips for Parents When Texting Teens

When Parents Text: So Much Said...So Little UnderstoodWhen I attended Book Expo 2011 in May I saw a preview of a very humorous book coming in September, When Parents Text: So Much Said… So Little Understood. I wrote a description of it and three other fun nonfiction books for teens and  parents that I found at Book Expo in 4 Non Fiction Books for Teens and Tweens.

The authors of When Parents Text, Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, have written a wonderful guest post of advice for parents when texting their teens. Enjoy this fun and helpful list.

10 Tips for Parents when Texting their Teens
  1. Before texting a question to your son or daughter, ask yourself, “Could I Google this?”
  2. You don’t need to sign a text message with your name. We know it’s from you.
  3. Do not text your child about their lost phone. They’ve lost it and won’t receive your texts.
  4. If you want to recount specific details of your dreams (e.g., “We were tandem skydiving and landed on a herd of buffalos . . . “), you should purchase a dream diary.
  5. Avoid using a cell phone while inebriated; there’s another website for that.
  6. We understand that parents feel obligated to discuss the birds and bees with their children. However, sex, contraception, or promiscuity is, nine times out of ten, inappropriate over text message.
  7. Funeral times, unaccepted family deaths, or the location of your will should NOT be discussed via text message.
  8.  Before inserting an emoticon into your text message, ask yourself, “Does this express an actual emotion?”
  9.  Keep your text messages simple and light, preferably no more than a few words.
  10.  Your kids, as much as we begrudge you, love hearing from you.

© 2011 Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli, authors of When Parents Text: So Much Said . . . So Little Understood

For more information visit the When Parents Text website, and get to know the authors on Facebook and Twitter.

See also:
300 iPad and iPhone iOS 7 Tips
ABC News Video on Teens and Texting with JuJu Chang
Text Messaging with your Teens

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