You’ve seen commercials that talk about how much teens are texting and how they are driving up the cell phone bills but the commercials of course never address the other consequences of excessive texting. The have been multiple articles regarding teens texting too much and some of the side effects of it.
One of the major issues is that children are staying up late and texting instead of getting much needed sleep. Your child could be in bed and passing themselves off as asleep but secretly texting the night away. Children that are sleep deprived end up having multiple effects as school. Some of those would include falling asleep in class, having a tough time concentrating which of course affects their grades.
These bad habits also affect them mentally as well as the lack of sleep will make them more aggressive and increased anxiety. There have been studies that also show that lack of sleep will increase the chance of diseases such as obesity, diabetes and even cancer.
You should be watching out for signs of this if you notice your teen is needing naps in the middle of the day or perhaps comes home from school irritable.
Too much texting also have social affects on children as well as it is known to affect their communication skills. Some children will have difficulty holding actually conversations with people and will avoid personal social interaction.
Since the kids have their own language when texting which includes a lot of abbreviations and purposely misspelled words it tends to affect their writing skills as well. I known of young adults that couldn’t even fill out a resume correctly because their writing skills were so bad they couldn’t write a complete sentence. A lot of their writing would include misspellings and improper grammar as well. Additional reinforcement of bad writing skills can also come from other forms of texting such as Instant Messaging, social network sites and online gaming as well as their accepted form of communication in those cases are often similar to cell text chat.
So how do you help prevent the excessive texting? Some of the experts having the following advice:
1. First be the example by avoiding using your cell phone, black berry or other electronic devices during dinner. You should be instead engaging your child on verbal communication at this time.
2. Make dinner time an electronic free time. The experts suggest turning off the Television, ipods, radios and other electronic devices. This will allow for more communication between you and your child.
3. Setup a proper time for your child to stop texting or chatting on their cell phone with your friends. Some experts say to take the phone away from the child at night while others say empower your child and let them know the rules. You can use the cell phone bill to let your know if your child is breaking the rules or not.
4. If your child continully breaks the rules you can have your cell phone company disconnect the texting service on your childs phone. You may want to let your child know that you do have that ability before you actually have to use this and it may help enforce your rule.
5. The final step is to of course communicate with your child and let them know why you feel the need to enforce these rules. Let your child know that you are a team and get some of their feedback when trying to establish the rule. Keep them off the defensive by keep the conversation in a tone where you are acussing them but instead let them know you are concerned for them.