Texting (Family Safety)
Text messaging is using a mobile device, such as a cell phone, to send an instant communication to another person.
What is text messaging?
Text messaging is similar to instant messaging, but rather than communicating between two computers, the communication happens between two mobile devices. Some mobile devices now have the ability to support Multimedia Messaging Services, or MMS for short, which allows for sending images, audio recording and other non-text messages to the other device.
Tips and suggestions
- Learn the lingo so you can understand instant messages/text messages when you see them. NetLingo has published a listing of acronyms and shorthand used when texting and chatting. Beware, however, that many of these are explicit and show how children communicate inappropriate terminology without having to type the actual words.