More and more children are using cell phones. Our lives are busy and it’s a convenient way of communicating. For some families, the parents are divorced and it is much easier for a parent to call a child directly using a cell phone instead of having to go “through” the other parent. For still others, it is to help adapt to rapidly changing schedules for school, work, and activities. What can you do to keep your child safe with their smartphone and cell phone use?
Know the lingo. Text talk is everywhere from IM’s to cell phones. It is possibly a more popular method of communicating that talking because it’s short and to the point. But text talk also means lots of shortcuts, ones that parents should know. There are a number of online sites that can give a list of the lingo so you can know what your child is texting about, “kwim?”
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