TextED

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

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive messages

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

Violence
Sex

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

Language
Consumerism

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

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
Teen, 15 years old Written bydmiloSr July 3, 2010

dashon

i luve it everyone!!!!!!!
Kid, 12 years old March 25, 2011
i love it ithink really great. all my friends & i joined

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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