I have a friend who received a surprising bill in the mail from her mobile phone service. Hundreds of dollars in text overages were reflected in her bill.
It would seem her teenage son was texting very, very frequently. She pointed out that his grades required more attention than his social life and put some restrictions in place that included no texting during homework time.
This was not her biggest text-induced headache, though. Her son is a popular kid and, as a junior in high school, enjoys texting with the girls. Girls who send racy pictures of themselves, baring cleavage. Girls who send suggestive texts.
She had some conversations with her son about what she feels is appropriate, but as her son is not perpetuating the texts, but rather receiving them, she can only do so much.
Parents aren't the only ones grappling with texting. Last week, Gov. Christie enacted a law to educate, rather than prosecute juvenile "sexters" as discussed in this article.
So, my question to you is this: What rules do you have for your kids regarding texting? Has texting or "sexting" created issues in your house?