Friday, March 13, 2009

Mormonad: Text Messaging

So we all know that our world has become a world of text messaging. It is widely used by teens and adults alike. As odd as this might seem I have never sent a text message and I am not even sure if I know how to. Gasp, I know. I am behind the times.

Text messaging can be used for so much good. I've heard of many parents using it to keep track of their teens and stay connected with them. I heard about the stream of text messages that were sent out when President Hinckley passed away which ended in many students dressing up the next day at school. There is good in it.

On the flip side I have seen and heard of students texting during class at school, seminary, church, and church activities. And now because of this Mormonad and Video I see that it not only happens in these situations but also in social settings.

We need to be so careful with how we use our cell phones and text messaging and make sure we teach our children the same. We need to "Keep Texting from Taking Over". This is the title of an article written by Russell and Brad Wilcox and has a great message.

Here is a quote from this great article: "Like all communication tools, cell phones with text messaging capabilities can be positive or negative depending on how they are used. Stories can be told of a texted birthday greeting that made someone’s day or a disaster that was avoided because someone was warned quickly and effectively in a text message. Still, not-so-positive stories can also be told of teenagers texting their friends during Sunday School or seminary lessons, of people being hurt by the content of a message received, or...of people avoiding or disregarding those around them in favor of texting someone else.

Let us be careful of how we use this great media tool.


Anonymous said...

I totally love this article!
My three older children and I all use the modern technology in various ways and now and again we do find it is easy to get carried away.
I think when it really hit me was when I got a text from my 12 yr old daugher from upstairs! Now in a jest i'd have laughed but on this occasion she was very serious.
From that point I decided that there had to be guidelines because nothing is worth the traditional human interaction.
Now, thankfully we limit ourselves to all the technology around us and unless friends or family text us, we only use (mobile phones) when we are out.
Pres. Monson wrote about the internet last summer in the Ensign which was a great read, but like former counsel, this was to use the facilities wisely and productively.
I can testify that it is so easy to get lost in the world of the internet, texting etc but I hope more people recognise what they are compromising in doing so.

Raymond Teodo a.k.a. was_bedeutet_jemanden said...

Great article! :-)

pam said...

I showed my kids that video a way back. I have never text, so I"m out of the world...We too have trouble with kids at school doing this.

Mona said...

Writing a roadshow right now on this VERY thing!


Pokemon said...

Thanks for all of you wonderful comments. It sounds like this was a relatable article. If any of you out there have some tips on helping to lessen this problem I'd love to hear them and I am sure everyone else would to. Thanks debs for sharing the limits and guidelines your family has set.