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Today, tweens and teens are sending 20,209 texts every second, which amount to more than 1.2 million
Texting and mobile phones have changed the way we live, interact, and communicate.
Amidst all the positives of texting, however, LG also recognizes an increase in misguided and harmful texting behavior.
This year’s LG Mobile Worldcup will bring together people from across the world in an annual global festival celebrating mobile culture.
As part of its effort to combat harmful mobile use trends, the LG Mobile Worldcup 2010 will introduce LG Text Ed, an innovative component of an educational program designed to help young people avoid the pitfalls of risky texting behavior.

About LG Text Ed

Text Ed, which draws upon an advisory council of leading child behavior and health experts who examine issues related to young people and mobile phone use, provides valuable resources to help address the issue of harmful texting behavior including monthly articles, tips, and videos.
As a result, families, parents, and young people will better be able to talk about and tackle important issues such as sending or receiving threatening text messages, mobile phone etiquette, sexting, and more.

Topic#1: Cyber Bullying

They were once the stuff of school bathroom walls: mean spirited accusations, unfounded gossip, explicit messages.
Mobile phones and the Internet are the new "bathroom walls" where young people can cast a web of anonymous gossip to a much wider audience.
While most tweens and teens view cyber bullying as a normal part of life, the resulting damages are still very real, painful and preventable. Cyber bullying is the newest and most dangerous form of harassment, when one or more individuals use mobile phones, the Internet or other digital devices to inflict psychological harm on another individual through instant messages, emails, and social networking sites.
Short-term, this can disrupt a young person’s social standing, status and comfort and cause anxiety and depression. The impact of this form of harassment long-term can result in psychological harm,depression, anger, violence, low self-esteem, and even suicide.
Cyber bullying is a phenomenon that begins with young people and now is the time to help them understand the implications.

Topic#2: Mobile Usage

Mobile phones are everywhere today. Most of us can't remember how we ever functioned without one. When it comes to young people, however, how old should they be before entering the world of phone calls, texting, emails, and everything that mobile phone usage implies?
Mobile communications open the door to a big world and young people need to learn how to navigate this world, the right way.
Many young people have mobile phones and for good reason: they provide peace of mind parents and a lifeline for young people. But mobile phone use, if unchecked, can also for cause undue stress to a young person. Similar to getting a driver’s license, young people need guidance and instruction.
No parent would ever dream of putting his or her child behind the wheel of a very powerful machine without proper preparation and direction. Mobile phone ownership and usage should be viewed similarly.

Topic#3: Sexting

Some young people have taken flirting to an entirely new level, a dangerous and scary place that has the potential to quickly spiral out of control.
The trend known as “sexting” has opened a Pandora’s box of problems, causing irreparable damage.
Sexting, a play on the words “sex” and “texting,” involves sending sexually explicit messages (from implicative missives to the illegal dissemination of child pornography) via mobile phones.
With the accessibility of mobile phones and the naivety of young people, it is easy to see how sexting can quickly get out of hand.
What may be viewed as innocent, flirtatious photos and messages could really be one step away from possible social and even legal disaster.
It’s important to understand this behavior and how to address it openly, proactively, and effectively.

Topic#4: Driving Safety and Texting

Texting while driving. We've all done it. We've all been casual about it. We’ve all been frantic about it.
Driving in general requires complete attention.
However, because the inside of our cars become comfortable, like the inside of our homes, we get lulled into thinking that we can multitask.
But we can’t, especially when it comes to texting.
Texting forces our attention away from the road to our mobile phones.
In a split second, the change in focus from the road to the mobile display can result in irreparable disaster.
It’s a problem for adults and an even greater one for the millions of teenagers.
Texting and teen drivers just don’t mix for obvious reasons as evidenced by the thousands of injuries and deaths to young people that occur annually.
Prevent needless tragedies. Learn how to effectively communicate and avoid the pitfalls of texting and driving.