Notes on Parenting

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Teen Texting Part III : Paying Plans



"Market research indicates the consumers mostly likely to send and receive text messages are.. between the ages of 13 and 24." Washington Post

                                                                                                                                    by Linda Shaw
 



According to Grant Barret of "A Way With Words" our teens slang and chat (text) language directly correlates to a high level of literacy. Because texting encourages communication with other people, it can be directly linked to a child's ability to communicate with other people.
(Text Message Plans )

Have you noticed your teen's ability to quickly and clearly communicate improve?Do you think it might be related to texting?


Even though texting language and habits often mystify parents, when the bill arrives, the mystery is over. Many parents are less than amused at the costs of being part of "Generation Text" (Text Plans) Each family must look at their unique situation and compose a plan that works best with their discipline style, their communication needs, and the family budget.
A few suggestions include:
  • Unlimited Texting Plans
  • Prepaid Plans
  • Use a Short Message Service (SMS)
  • Have the Kids Pay for their own Texting Costs
  • Call don't text
  • Lifetime only Texting Device


Pros and Cons

  • Unlimited Texting does not teach discipline. As vogue as texting is, for some children it may unintentionally play on compulsive and addictive tendencies. Unlimited texting may solve your financial problem, but it won't help you teach your teen self-control. For this family scenario a plan that offers parental controls such as restricted hours for texting, the blocking of phone numbers, and financial accountability(no lumping) might be the best choice.

  • Prepaid Plans allow you to purchase the minutes on an as needed basis. Parents or teens can purchase prepaid cell phones and then buy airtime cards. These cards can be bought in advance and used as rewards.
  • Kids Paying for their own message minutes means they must learn to think about the budgeting of time and money. Security or constant communication needs may not make this a viable option.
  • No texting is an option, but in today's world where kids have a need to fit in, safety can be maximized through communication, and discreteness is important, it may not make your life easier.
  • A Lifetime Texting device is designed to have you pay a one time fee. The pros and cons are still out. You can check out a review here.

What plans have worked / not worked in your family?



How does your family budget for texting?

Links:
For Texting Teens: Washington Post
Texting Teens .massive phone bills..About.com


















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