Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Texting safety site serves up smart, teen-friendly advice.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

Offers excellent advice about healthy relationships; promotes respect and ethical behavior.


Addresses "sexting," sharing racy photos, and illegal sexual relationships between teens and adults.


No ads. There's a contest that offers an iPod as a prize. The site is sponsored by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few users have posted their concerns about friends and significant others drinking or smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Canadian site is a valuable resource for any teen who texts, tackling topics like healthy relationships, gossip, and harassment in an engaging and age-appropriate way. Comments and other user-generated content is reviewed by site administrators before it's posted. Visitors can register, but no personal information is required.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9, 11, and 12-year-old Written bymrpepple April 15, 2019

website has changed

texted.ca now redirects to needhelpnow.ca which is about teens online safety, particularly sex and relationships
Parent of a 10 and 13-year-old Written byAmerican-Dad March 7, 2011

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... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 10, 2011

kids not to do

i think drinking is bad u need to not do. it my mom 1/2 family does that. my uncle had a kid he is not allowed to see her cuz he was drinking and doing drugs.... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 27, 2011

iffy for 11 but older is fine

its okay but kinda boring it dosent have much to it exept one fun game

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about guidelines for cell phone use and texting. What's the right age to get a cell phone? What's a reasonable amount of time to spend on it? Our Cell Phone Tips breaks down the issues by age.

  • Families can talk about texting gone wrong. What would you do if someone was harassing you or spreading gossip about you? Have you ever spilled a friend's secrets or bullied someone?

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