We held a webinar on May 12th on the subject of compliance in texting for non-profits, with telecommunications attorney Martha Buyer and Neil McKechnie, iCarol co-founder. There’s an incredibly complex set of rules and guidelines both from the government and the telecommunications industry to negotiate in the U.S. Our attendees asked a number of great questions during the webinar, which we’d like to address in this blog. And if you missed the presentation, you’re welcome to check it out at your convenience by watching the recording.
We’ll start with the one question that was arguably the hottest during the webinar:
“Who can grant permission to text?”
Many of you either operate a texting line for teens, or are planning to do so. As we learned in the webinar, asking permission to text is the right thing to do, and permission should be granted from the person who owns the phone contract. However, permissions can be a grey area as most teens do not own their phone contract. And you could lose trust with teens if you request permission from the parent or guardian.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Are there questions that you have? We’d like to hear from you! Leave us a comment below, and let’s get the conversation started.
An interesting take on the preference for texting over talking can be found in this article by Bizzuka.
Some key points to take away:
- Smartphone owners aged 18-24 send and receive 4,000 messages per month.
- 43% of 18-24 year-olds say that texting is just as meaningful as an actual conversation with someone over the phone.
- 42% of teens say the primary reason they have a cell phone is for texting. Safety was second at 35%.
These and other statistics about millennials are sourced here.
Millennials aren’t the only ones who text, though. According to Factbrowser, statistics reveal that US smartphone owners who use text (92%) send an average of 111 messages per week, and 49% of those who use social media daily would rather text than call someone.
More evidence that texting is not a fad but rather an often preferred mode of communication that’s here to stay.
There are a lot of conversations that parents dread having with their kids, but conversations about sex are notoriously difficult. And while conversations about healthy relationships should go hand in hand with “the talk,” that’s a step that many parents miss. In fact, three out of four parents haven’t talked to their kids about domestic violence, and 81% of parents believe that teen dating violence isn’t an issue, or they admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
But it is a very important issue. One in three teens will experience some form of abuse from someone they date, including physical, sexual or verbal abuse. About one in five women and almost one in seven men who experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner first experience some sort of partner violence as a teen or adolescent. As future generations grow up and start dating, it’s important that they have the proper education and understanding as they enter into relationships – and know how to identify and avoid ones that are unhealthy or dangerous.
February is Teen Dating Violence month, and February 4th is ‘It’s Time to Talk’ Day, a day when we encourage parents, advocates, mentors, and other adults to talk to their teens about dating violence. Helplines are trusted sources of information for kids and teens, and so we encourage you to check out these resources and share them as needed.
It’s Time to Talk Day Conversation Guide and Talk-a-thon Guide
Dating Violence Warning Signs
Dating Violence 101
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