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

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Not applicable

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

Not applicable

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.

Privacy & safety

Users can create profiles, but they don't seem to be publicly visible. Only a user name and password is needed to register. Most activities don't require registration.


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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Genre:Civic Engagement
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 15 years old Written bydmiloSr July 3, 2010


i luve it everyone!!!!!!!
What other families should know
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Kid, 12 years old March 25, 2011
i love it ithink really great. all my friends & i joined
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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. and now she is 11 and he has not seen her four 10 years that alot. now the dad she has now she thinks he is he real dad and it not. so dont drink u are probably asking how can drinking tern to this well if u drink or do drug u will not now what your doing your brain will be taking over and he go in jail and he was in there so meney times he got no chance of seeing her :)
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