As a security expert, I tend to see things through a different set of eyes than others—seeing dangers they might not realize exist and consequences they might not be prepared to handle. And while I deal with a wide variety of growing trends that interfere with the safety of government agencies and businesses, I also follow those trends that may interfere with the safety of people in general. One such trend: texting.
It’s no surprise that texting has become the communication tool of choice for teenagers—and even many adults. But, what might be surprising to learn is how this new trend can have harmful—even fatal—consequences. From texting inappropriate photos (1 in 5 teens have sent a nude or semi nude photo of themselves via their cell phone) to participating in bullying activities (42% of teens have been bullied while online) to texting while driving (24% of all fatal car accidents involving teens between 16 and 19 were a result of cell phone usage), today’s teens (and their parents) could be setting themselves up for a lifetime of emotional scars, legal ramifications or even death.
So, what should parents know about today’s texting trends? I have written a new eBook, Safe Text: Protecting Your Teen from the Dangers of Texting, in hopes of educating parents and teachers about some of the risks of cell phone usage and giving them the resources and tools they need to be empowered to help their teens make good choices—keeping the parent/teen relationship healthy while keeping their teens safe.
For this Virtual Book Tour, I will be sharing more insight, statistics and tips from my new three new eBooks which also include, Protecting Your Teens on Facebook, and Social Media Secrets Every Parent of College Bound Teens Should Know. I hope that you will follow the tour asking questions and sharing some of your “safe texting” tips as well. You can find the schedule on http://www.virtualbooktourcafe.com.
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