The mom who is glad her daughter could text

A judge denied bond Monday for a man accused of abducting and assaulting a 14-year-old girl and holding her in an underground bunker for more than a week before she was able to send a text message to her mother.

Texting, e-mail, cell phones. All of these things are just communications channels, neither inherently good nor inherently evil, but rather, how they are used determines their worth.

Text messaging saved her life!
In this case, text messaging saved a girl from living hell and probably murder.

I weary of people complaining about kids texting or chatting or IM'ing. Kids are just talking for goodness sakes! That's what kids do.

What if Mama didn't know how to text?
It is time for adults to listen and join in. Thank goodness the mother knew how to read the text message, because I know many parents that do not.

The cost of being unable to text her daughter would have cost this mother her most precious gift, her daughter.

It is time for us parents to move online and into technology and make it part of our lives so we can be a part of our children's lives. Stop fighting the rip tide and swim with it!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Neil Winton September 19, 2006 - 12:47 am

Whilst I agree that in this case there was a happy ending, I have to say that this case appears to be the exception rather than the rule. A lot of parents nowadays seem to think that their child is safe because he/she has a mobile phone, and a lot of kids feel this as well… but the truth is often that the parents are using the phone as an excuse for poor parenting. They are abnegating their parental duty-of-care to the latest Sony-Ericson phone, and that is a dangerous path to start down.

Vicki A. Davis September 19, 2006 - 12:51 am

The more ways a parent can connect with their child the better. I text my husband to tell him I love him. When they get a cell phone, I will text my children. Our family calendar texts us to remind us of our calendar the night before.

I have always found that more communication is always better, not worse. As I stated in my post, all communications methods can be used for good or for evil, however, the communications method in itself is not inherently either.

Parents can obviously use cell phones in good or bad ways. It is dangerous to label technology as evil and that is what we do far to much of. It is the behaviors, as you point out, that are the problem. It is not, however, the technology.

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