Texting in Canada has dramatically increased and everyday there are 100 million text messages sent, this translates to over 3 billion per year. A new site called textED.ca has been created by The Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) to “teach teens to be safe, responsible and respectful users of texting technologies”.
The site is fully interactive with games, quizzes, discussion pages and its main target is teens because the amount of “sexting” happening… plus I guess nude pics and videos are flying back and forth ever since picture and video messaging arrived. The aim is to ensure everyone knows the short and long term actions when sending messages. When you check out the site you’ll see there are tips to learn how to deal with textual harassers and more.
Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre said “Adolescent behavior is less inhibited with the use of technology, so they tend to say and do things that they might not otherwise do in person. The textED.ca site has been created to help educate youth about how to use technology respectfully and safely, and to know what to do when someone crosses the line.”
Check out textEd.ca here