February 25, 2009
by Carol Politi
The Washington Post recently wrote a fascinating article discussing kids and texting. It included some interesting points of view on whether the current texting phenomenon is negatively impacting the social and educational development, and family life, of today’s kids. There were several reasonable expert sources pointing out the benefits texting can have in keeping kids and families socially connected.
Our experience at kajeet is that while parenting styles differ, virtually all parents believe the social, educational, and family connections their kids make are extremely important. Some limit texting to accommodate these goals and others enable texting to accommodate them. Even experts can’t agree on the topic so we should expect to see this kind of variation among parents.
I do think in 20 years we will all think about texting very differently than we do today. Regardless, I would also bet that virtually everyone might believe some level of moderation is a good idea. For example, it would be great if both dinner and a nights sleep could be uninterrupted.
kajeet offers flexible parental controls that help parents set limits when rules alone might not work. For example, TimeManager will block texts and calls at certain times of the day and night (both sent and received). WalletManager provides usage limits so parents and kids can set a budget and kids can make choices on how much calling or texting to do – within the budgeted limits.
What’s your view on texting? Do you see advantages to letting your kids text? How much is too much?