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In our local newspaper today, there was an article about teens and their dangerous driving habits. And we're not talking drinking and driving here.

AAA reported that 51% of teens in Colorado admit to texting while driving. This has been shown to be even more dangerous than drinking and driving (huh?).

I've watched my daughters text message their friends at rapid rates so dizzingly I feel like Linda Blair.   I type 100 wpm and I am put to shame compared to them.  

With this latest AAA report, I’m wondering if their insurance rates go up if they admit to owning a cell phone?

Will they now charge extra for teens who text? I say we start a huge national campaign to prevent any injuries, or gulp, deaths from this latest teen obsession.  

NO TEXTING AND DRIVING AT THE SAME TIME...and let's have some roadside checks while we‘re at it.

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Parents:  Start being parents while you can...besides, you're the ones buying these distraction getting devices for them.  

I should know–I'm responsible for buying dozens of them. And don't even get me started on, "Mom, I dropped my cell phone in the toilet again!"



Text-messaging and operating an automobile at the same there a "blonde joke" lurking somewhere in this scenario?

It is simply amazing that these teenagers who sometimes have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time have suddenly become textadextrous. Amazing and scary.

Maybe this is where they need to learn the art of textcrastination...put off the text messaging until they are OUT OF THE CAR, or at least not behind the wheel.

Obviously anything that precludes the driver from a full focus on driving should be unlawful. Mandated laws will soon be on the books if the statistics of these text messaging ninjas and their accidents continue to rise.

We nagged our kids for years about using their seat belts and buckling up. We droned "No drinking and driving" into their heads. That all finally worked. Now we have to start on "no cell talking – no cell typing" while they drive. We have the designated we can suggest the designated texter.

These kiddos will probably justify this new phenomenon and tell us that they are just being efficient and "multi-tasking".......BALONEY...this is just UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED.


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      Yana Berlin wrote Jul 3, 2008
    • I’m on my kids about this all the time. California just implemented the law where you can not talk on the phone without the hands free gadget, but you can still text while driving, someone PLEASE TELL ME who are the geniuses behind those decisions?

      One thing for sure, they are NOT parents of teens that are old enough to drive.

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      Mary Kelly-Williams, M.A. wrote Jul 3, 2008
    • Yana, great points!

      This whole texting debacle reminds me of the source of the problem—and it’s us, the parents.

      Especially, the dreaded “HELICOPTER PARENT“:

      According to Wikipedia, the rise of the cell phone has often been blamed for the explosion of helicopter parenting — it has been called “the world’s longest umbilical cord“.

      And, it cracks me up every time when I hear helicopter parents lamenting the fact that their “adult” child is taking so long to become independent!


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      Yana Berlin wrote Jul 3, 2008
    • I’m proud to say that my kids didn’t get their cell phones until they were old enough to pay for them. My youngest daughter was probably the only child in her H.S. without a cell phone, and let me assure you that when she finally got a job and bought it at a very “mature” age of 15, she survived.  

      When parents tell me the cell phones allows them to be in touch with their kids and always know where they are, I explode.....

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      Mary Kelly-Williams, M.A. wrote Jul 6, 2008
    • Yana,

      You must become the Dr. Laura/Judge Judy of Parenthood!  Could have used you when I was raising 4 teenagers.  Living in the kid self-esteem capital of the world, Boulder, Colorado, I was too focused on my children feeling good about themselves without the necessary responsibility and structure that goes along with that.

      Despite my barrage against helicopter parents, I’m wishing I had hovered just a little bit more!

      However, someone did something right—everyone is now 20-26 and all seem to be getting the whole living in the real world thing.

      Seems like they were just late bloomers DESPITE some of the less than perfect parenting.


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      Yana Berlin wrote Jul 7, 2008
    • Of course you did it right and you should be sooo proud.

      As for me, I was brought up by young parents who grew up in Russia, praising their kids was a big no no, so I grew up without giving much thought of passing it on to my children on the feel good about yourself....I just reiterated, that if they don’t think that they are the best, then no one will.

      Have to say they turned out good as well, so you see...we both need that cookie.

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