Sexting should be a cause for alarm to teenage parents

survey for teenage sextingA study, based on a 2011 survey, harped on the dangers of teenagers who are prone to participating in exchanging sexually explicit messages or lewd images to their peers and are more prone to participating in the act more than those who don’t participate in those activities.

Pediatrics did a survey on Los Angeles teens and found out that one out of seven individuals with a cellphone has sent these types of messages or images.

According Eric Rice, a social network researcher from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, “What we really wanted to know is, is there a link between sexting and taking risks with your body? And the answer is a pretty resounding ‘yes’.”

In Houston on the other hand, a survey showed that one out of every four teens have sent a naked photo of themselves via text or email.

The Pediatrics study surveyed 1,839 high school students from Los Angeles.

According to Rice, the reason why there are higher teen sexting rates in Houston is due to their demographic differences.

According to The University of Texas medical Branch in Galveston psychologist Jeff Temple, “Sexting appears to be a reflection or an indication of actual sexual behavior.”

“What they’re doing in their offline lives is what they’re doing in their online lives,” he added.

Should sexting be a sign for concern for parents?

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Avoid texting while driving with OneProtect


Laws, ordinances and prohibitions can’t deter motorists from using their mobile phones to send text messages while they are behind the wheel of their vehicles.

This dangerous “hobby” of texting has caused numerous accidents which have caused the untimely death of some individuals.

A year ago, about 1/4th of automobile accidents involved drivers who used their mobile phones while driving. About 6,000 deaths were recorded due to these accidents.

A new software might be the key since laws, can’t keep texting away from the highways.

OneProtect is a software that you install on your smartphone. Once installed, OneProtect blocks drivers from using their mobile phone while in a state of motion. Once the GPS of your phone senses that you and your car is moving above a set max speed, then the system locks up your mobile phone.

OneProtect has a patent pending technology called the Attention Verification Test or AVT. This differentiates you and your passengers.

Once you are inside a vehicle that is on mobile, the AVT asks you to tap on the letters that appear on the screen at a short time. This AVT is impossible for drivers but possible for passengers to pass.

If OneProtect can remove or at least curb the number of deaths due to texting, then this is one software that should come preinstalled in all smartphones.

No more texting while driving!

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Half of teens addicted to their smartphones

We all love our smartphones and we use them even more day by day, but have we ever wondered how long can we live without them?

According to a survey conducted by TextPlus, half of the 600 teens between 13 and 17 that were asked are addicted to their smartphones. They replied that they cannot live withou their smartphones for more than a week, while 36% of them cannot even leave their phones for 10 minutes, without checking or any mails. We are not surprised that texting is the most popular use of the smartphone among them, despite the abundance of applications that you can find nowadays at your phone. This addiction to texting leads them in checking their smartphone all day long, with 52% of them using their smartphones everywhere, even in class. If class sounds an inappropriate place to use your smartphone, how about the 37% of them that uses their phones in the toilet, or the 20% of them that uses their phones in the church?

We cannot deny that we live in a digitalized world, with communication being increasingly dependent on our mobile devices. We all acknowledge the importance of having a smartphone to enhance communication with others. However, it’s very thin line between routine and addiction. There’s no problem in using your smartphone every day, but you’d better start worrying if you cannot even sleep without it by your side.

How long can you live without your smartphone then?

Texting while driving almost killed an Alabama student

An Alabama student who was about to quit texting while driving met a freak accident driving his vehicle off of a ravine, and fortunately for him he escaped with only a bruised ego and some injuries.

The catch was that this student was doing what he swore he wouldn’t do.

Before accidentally driving his car off the cliff, the student was on his smartphone texting a pal with “I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident.”

It seemed like he saw his future, as a few moments later the car he was driving in went off the road and fell off a cliff.

Chance Both had a fractured skull, a crushed face, broken neck and suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Texting while driving has caused a number of accidents, resulting in deaths in some cases. Different states have different laws in regards with texting while driving. Even though authorities have tried to cut down and enforce the law, individuals still opt to do this dangerous chore.

TechNewsGadget would like to remind its readers that texting while driving is like driving with an impaired vision. If you’re driving, place your two hands on the wheel and focus on the road and not on your phone. If there is an urgent call, kindly park your vehicle in a safe place. Never text and drive.

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Is Sexting prevalent among teens?

In a new study conducted by Donald Strassberg and his colleagues at the University of Utah, they found out that many teens are fond of sending sexually explicit photos and messages to their partners or peers.

Called as sexting, it is defined as sending sexually explicit SMS and semi-nude to nude photos to other individuals, using your mobile devices.

The study included freshmen through seniors in high school. The group surveyed about 606 students from a private school in the US. They asked about their experiences in sexting and their understanding of the consequences when doing the latter.

About 20 percent of those surveyed said that they have done so vie their mobile phones while about 40 percent said that they were able to receive an explicit photo in their mobile devices.

When asked about the consequences of the latter, 21 percent of those who participated in the survey said that there was no consequence. While others said that removal of phone privileges, school suspension, jail, pornography charges, community service, fine and sexual harassment charges could be faced by those who get caught sexting.

Different states in the US have different laws regarding on sexting.

If you catch a teen sexting, what punishment does he/she have to warrant?

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CCHMC launches ER Texting

Nowadays, people use text messaging to do everything. I can only imagine when we don’t need to troop to the balloting centers to vote and instead just text our chosen candidates to a certain number just like in TV competitions (it might be better off this way since results could be faster).

Now, emergency room wait times can be texted. A major children’s hospital chose to begin posting its urgent care center wait times for individuals to access it using their mobile phones.

Called ER Texting, it was launched at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center to inform their patients about current wait times.

This is how it works: people can text “ccurgent” to 4ER411. They would then receive the current wait times, hours of operation and contact information.

According to Coordinator of Community Relations of CCHMC Kurt Myers, “When examining how to reach our patients and families, we knew we would have to meet them in the mobile space. Providing an option to receive wait times via text was a logical first step into the mobile arena. Arming patients with information is one fo the key components to achieving high patient satisfactions scores. We want our patients and families to know what to expect when coming to one of our urgent care centers. Additionally, the service allows families to self-select which of our three locations they want to visit, helping control patient flow.”

Now, people don’t have to wait for long queues at the hospital.

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Texting still popular among teens

What’s the most popular mode of communication? Is it texting or is it calling the other directly?

Well, according to a survey done by the Pew Internet Research Center, American teenagers prefer texting rather than talking on their devices or landlines. The average number of texts per day is 60 up from 50 back in 2009.

According to research specialist at Pew Amanda Lenhart, “Teens are fervent communicators. Straddling childhood and adulthood, they communicate frequently with a variety of important people in their lives: friends, and peers, parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, and a myriad of other adults and institutions.”

About 800 teens ages 12 to 19 were the subject of the survey. The findings that were concluded also involved the ones who lead the resurgence of text messaging. According to the survey, older teens, boys and African Americans are the ones leading the increase.

Of those who were surveyed, only 6 percent said that they use email to communicate with their peers.

Talking over the phone, may it be a landline or a cellphone, has been decreasing over the years. 14 percent of teens said that they use their landlines to talk to their friends. A drop of 30 percent since 2009. While 31 percent said that they don’t use the landline to talk to their peers. 26 percent of teens speak with their friends on their cellphones which is down 38 percent since 2009.

Survey says sexting is more common than you think

In a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, it was found out that sending explicit content (yes, nude or near-naked photos) through a text message, is participated by teenagers too.

According to the survey conducted among 800 teenagers from June 26 to September 24, 4 percent of teens aging from 12-17 years old who own cellphones have actually sent nude or semi-naked photos of themselves to someone else via text message. Fifteen percent of the same age group has received these materials from people they know.

The survey also shows that older teens are more likely to send and receive these sexually provocative images via sexting. Eight percent of 17-year-olds with cellphones have sent these kinds of images and 30% have received these images.

Who pays the cellphone bills is a factor too. According to this survey, those teens that pay for their own phone bills were more likely to participate in sexting. It showed that 17% of teens who foot their own bills send sexually suggestive images via text while only 3% of teens who do not pay, or pay only a fraction of the cost participate in sexting.

Lastly, the survey conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that there are three main scenarios for sexting. The first one occurs between two romantic partners, the second between two people who are not yet in a relationship but where at least one person hopes to be. The last and the ugly side of this is when the images exchanged between partners are being forwarded and shared to people outside the relationship.

This survey is part of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project which tracks the effect of the Internet on American life.


Texting while driving is even more dangerous

That is the result of the study a safety research institute conducted on drivers and truckers using cameras to continuously observe drivers for more than 6 million miles.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute concluded that “texting while driving increases the risk of a crash much more than previous studies have concluded with motorists taking their eyes off the road longer than they do when talking or listening on their cell phones,”

The study concluded that when drivers of heavy trucks text, collision risk is 23 times greater than when not texting. This is more than thrice the risk of dialing a cell phone which increases the collision risk 6 times.

“Talking/listening to a cell phone allowed drivers to maintain eyes on the road and were not associated with an increased safety risk to nearly the same degree,” the institute said. “These results show conclusively that a real key to significantly improving safety is keeping your eyes on the road.”

So does this mean that its better to talk on cell phones while driving? Of course not. There is a risk involved so if you plan on arriving to your destination on one piece, stick to the rules and never use your phone while you’re driving.

And if you think that using headsets and going hands-free is safer, think again. The study also concluded that “headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held because the primary risks associated with both are answering, dialing, and other tasks that take drivers’ eyes off the road.”

Better safe than sorry guys, better safe than sorry. 😉


Teen falls in a manhole while texting

No texting while driving.

No texting while crossing.

And the most important rule: no texting while walking.

Well at least for this teenager from Staten Island who was walking down Victory Boulevard  when she fell into an open sewer manhole.

Alexa Longueira suffered some cuts and scrapes but attained no serious injuries.

The manhole, according to the workers, was left open and unattended for just seconds while they went to fetch some cones from their truck.

Alexa’s mom points out that it doesn’t matter that her daughter was texting, as the manhole should never have been left open or at least, unattended.

Marcedes Padilla of the Department of Environmental Protection says that they are now conducting a full investigation of the incident.

“We regret that this happened and wish the young woman a speedy recovery.” Padilla added.

Alexa’s mother however, still plans to file a lawsuit.


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