This is sponsored content from BlogHer and LG Text EdA few weeks ago, I wrote a post about teens and texting on this blog. Many of you submitted thoughtful comments. Several bloggers had been asked by BlogHer and LG to write about this subject. Technology is pervasive and invasive in our lives and our teens' lives and as parents, we do ourselves and our kids a disservice by not realizing that the world we are raising our children in is absolutely not the same world from our youth. As far as technology goes, I believe my parents limited how late I could stay up watching television but Happy Days or Mork and Mindy on one of the "big three" networks was about as risque as it got. Movie theatres carded you if you were under 18 and tried to get into an R movie. And my parents freaked out when I came home with an AC/DC album. That is pretty much the extent of technology during my teen years.
My parents didn't have to talk to me about talking on a phone or texting while driving, sexting was not in the dictionary back then, pocket sized cameras on cellphones in locker rooms was something we could only imagine from an episode of Star Trek, and while bullying has always been around - only technology could have taken it to the level it is today.
Today's parents find ourselves in the situation of needing to have another talk with our kids. The online and cell phone talk. And, just like the sex talk, this is one where by the time we get around to discussing some of these vital issues with our kids, they've already had more experience in these areas than we'd care to think about. It's an important talk. It's actually a series of important conversations we need to have with our children over a protracted period of time.
Because this topic is so important for our kids and their futures, BlogHer wants to get the conversation about texting, sexting, and safety going - both with our kids and among parents. To do so, BlogHer has once again asked a group of bloggers to post about this issue. But we are doing it with a twist this time.
Allow me to introduce my kids. I have a 13 year old son, a 16 year old son, a 19 year old daughter and a 19 year old son. They all text. They all have camera enabled cell phones. Three of them drive. This technology has been part of their lives for years and will continue to be part of their lives.
I'd like to ask my kids some questions on this blog and then post their answers. Have an online conversation about these critical issues. I need some help though. I need you all to submit questions you'd like me to ask my kids. Would you like to ask any of them a question about texting? About cell phone use? How about bullying, sexting, or technology at school? Questions about teens and texting while driving? For each comment you leave on this post, BlogHer and LG will each give a .50 donation to dosomething.org, so please give me your suggestions for questions for my kids. Dosomething.org will get a $1.00 donation for each and every one.
Ask away. I'll pass the question along to the teen you'd like me to ask, or the one I think can address the question best. Two weeks from now, I'll publish your questions and my kids' answers. I think it will be very interesting to hear what their view is on these subjects as well.
You might want to read the other posts about teens and texting which can be found at BlogHer.
LG has a great site that includes fabulous resources for parents about texting (including deciphering that shorthand they use).
You can check out Jane Lynch's video on this subject here.
As an added incentive, I am personally going to give one commenter a $25 gift certificate to the merchandiser of their choice. I'll draw this randomly from all the comments on this post and a followup post I'll be doing in two weeks. This gift certificate will be purchased by me personally and I will receive nothing in return from any merchandiser. You don't have to do a thing except leave me a thoughtful comment with a question for my kids or enter the discussion in the comments about parenting, teens and texting.
(Random.org selected comment #13, Fragrant Liar, as our giveaway winner. The giveaway is now closed but I'd love to hear any further comments you'd like to leave.)