Parents' Guide to


By Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Texting safety site serves up smart, teen-friendly advice.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

website has changed now redirects to which is about teens online safety, particularly sex and relationships
age 12+

Good Texting Advice

This site is endorsed by the Canadian Center for Child Protection and Cybertip Canada (which protects kids from online sexual exploitation). It has a positive overall message and their intention is to properly educate kids about the do's and don'ts of texting. They offer kids real life scenerios to see how they would respond to questionable or inappropriate texts. It is very much like a texting training ground, and it is done in a clean and unthreatening manner. Some of the older more seasoned kids may find this site boring, but it still can offer help. I recommended it for kids who are just getting cell phones as a guide of what to do and what not to do when texting.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (7):

Canada’s TextED takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the potential pitfalls of texting. In addition to covering basic safety, privacy, and legal concerns, the site delves deep into what it means to be a good friend and what qualities are important in healthy relationships. (The bottom line is respect.) There’s a good mix of expert advice and activities that encourage teens to reflect on the consequences of certain behaviors and share their experiences. As a result, the site gets its messages across without sounding preachy or using scare tactics.

Online interaction: Users can submit comments, but they're moderated before being posted. Comments are generally positive and helpful.

Website Details

  • Genre: Civic Engagement
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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