By Susan Yudt,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Texting safety site serves up smart, teen-friendly advice.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Offers excellent advice about healthy relationships; promotes respect and ethical behavior.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Addresses "sexting," sharing racy photos, and illegal sexual relationships between teens and adults.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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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?
- Genre: Civic Engagement
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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