Teens who text and sext are more sexually active, iPhone an' Android app monitors it

phome_macTeens' phones are windows of their behavior and could be an indicator of sexual activity. Researchers at USC reported that studies show that teens that send more than 100 texts a day are more likely to be sexually active, while those who reported receiving a sext were six times more likely to also report being sexually active.

The TeenSafe app offers a way for parents to monitor sexual texting, Facebook messages and WhatsApp conversations.

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Text to 911 Live in Some Places Thanks to Marlee Matlin & Others

text-to-911_screenAfter campaigns from advocates including help from Marlee Matlin Text-to-911 is now live allowing those who can't call 911 to text in some places.

Text-to-911 is not live in all cities and in most cases, you'll get a text message back that asks you to call 911.  When Text-to-911 is fully deployed, you can send the text message with your physical address and the nature of the emergency, such as "send ambulance, serious car accident."

911 operators usually have questions to ask about the situation.  If a criminal is present, please remember to shut off all audio for when you get a return text message.

People with illnesses who know they may need medical help, may want to save text messages with some standard phrases to speed up the process.

For example, "I'm on heart medication with the name of the medication, my doctors name is."

We also think it is a good idea to have your doctor's phone number in your phone, clearly listed as doctor.


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AT&T, Sprint & T-Mobile Stop Cramming PSMS SPAM Charges

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile—will no longer charge customers for Premium Short Messaging Services, also known as “PSMS,” or “premium text messages.”

PSMS is the cause of the majority of third-party charges on cell phones and for the overwhelming majority of cramming complaints.

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