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© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cell Phone Safety: Digitally Tethered Teens and Other Modern Dilemmas Dr. Charles D. Knutson Brigham Young University
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cell phones Increasingly a fact of life Growth over last 10 years From 34 million to 203 million Estimated two billion cell phones worldwide 4.5 billion people without cell phones That includes babies ;) 2
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics 2004 MIT survey Cell phone ranked as the one invention people hate the most, but can’t live without Beat out alarm clock and television! A 2005 University of Michigan study: 83% said cell phones made life easier More than those who said "The Internet" 3
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics Telephia survey: Americans average 13 talking hours a month 26 mins/day age group averages 22 hours 44 mins/day 4
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics Let's Talk Survey: OK to use cell phone in the bathroom 2000 – 39% 2002 – 47% 2003 – 62% 2006 – 38% 5
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics Let's Talk Survey: OK to use cell phone in a movie theater 2000 – 11% 2002 – 6% 2003 – 3% 2006 – 2% 6
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics Let's Talk Survey: OK to use cell phone in the car 2000 – 76% 2002 – 46% 2003 – 48% 2006 – 63% 7
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics Let's Talk Survey: OK to use cell phone in the supermarket 2000 – 60% 2002 – 53% 2003 – 61% 2006 – 66% 8
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics Let's Talk Survey: OK to use cell phone on public transportation 2000 – 52% 2002 – 45% 2003 – 53% 2006 – 45% 9
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics Let's Talk Survey: OK to use cell phone in a restaurant 2000 – 31% 2002 – 28% 2003 – 29% 2006 – 21% 10
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Dilemma of societal shift Technology arrives first Society begins to adopt Then begins to adapt Early stages are very difficult True of any technology Eventually societal norms established Always a new wave of "newbies" Technology tough because the parents are often less literate 11
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cell phone etiquette When and when not to take a call Gauge criticality vs. situation Voice messaging helps Text messaging helps Vibrate or silent ring helps Priority to the person you're with Especially if it's a store teller! 12
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Dr. K's blog 13
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cell phone etiquette In a dark theater, your cell phone lights up like a Christmas tree! For the people sitting behind you Whether or not you're talking True of any dark location 14
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cell phone etiquette Communication volume Yes, we can hear you "People act as if they're walking through life in a cone of silence in which only they and the other person on the end of the line can hear them. They can talk quite loudly, and they can talk about things that people around them don't really want to hear about." -- Honore Ervin 15
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics 81% of people have been irritated by loud and/or obnoxious cell phone calls in public places 10% admitted to getting stares or criticism due to their own cell phone habits in public 16
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cell phone etiquette Wearing the earpiece when not on the phone… This is not generally a flattering image Think... The Borg 17
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cell phone features Fancy features becoming standard Camera, video, graphic interface, video and photo display, gaming Yesteryear's personal computer is now… your phone! Feature acceleration 18
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cell phone features All of the guidelines and concerns about computers and the Internet now apply to cell phones Except the cell phone is in your teen's pocket, backpack, bedroom… New set of challenges 19
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cell phone features New iPhone has phone, Web browser, text messaging, , camera, photo browser, and a YouTube button And now tons of downloadable applications from third-party vendors Most are inexpensive Dr. K sez: Do not give your kids a high- powered cell phone! Provide the wimpiest phone money can buy! 20
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Cell phone concerns Content Most cell phones have Web browsing capability Growing access point for pornography Parental controls Emerging capabilities Providers beginning to respond to parental concerns Often the youth can turn on Internet capability 21
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Text messaging Incredibly useful feature Teens need to learn etiquette Don't expect your friends to text you back immediately, no matter what "wht u doin?" "nthg u?" "nthg lol" "lol" Shouldn't take over your life! 22
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Driving safety Japan study of cell phone accidents 32% dialing 42% responding to a call 16% talking 5% hanging up 23
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Driving safety Each year in the U.S., cell phone distraction causes 2,600 deaths 330,000 injuries 24
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Driving safety Drivers talking on cell phones 18 percent slower to react to brake lights 12 percent greater following distance (+) 17 percent longer to regain the speed they lost when they braked Less adept than drunken drivers with blood alcohol levels exceeding
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Driving safety No difference in accident statistics between drivers using hand-held cell phones compared to those using a hands-free cell phone device Seems to be a fundamental mental distraction Independent of hands being occupied 26
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Driving safety Be very cautious about talking on cell phone while driving Ability to multitask varies Be honest with yourself! Never *ever* text while driving All of these rules apply more strongly to teens and less experienced drivers 27
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Sexting Taking and texting nude or semi-nude pictures Primarily between High School and Junior high teens Technically child porn Laws rapidly catching up to this growing phenomenon 28
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Sexting 29
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics How many teens say they have sent or posted nude or seminude pictures or video of themselves? 20% of teens overall 22% of teen girls 18% of teen boys 11% of young teen girls (ages 13-16) 30
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics How many young adults are sending or posting nude or seminude images of themselves? 33% of young adults overall 36% of young adult women 31% of young adult men 31
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics How many teens have sent or posted sexually suggestive images in text messages? 39% of all teens 37% of teen girls 40% of teen boys 32
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics Receiving sexually suggestive images in text messages 48% of teens say they have received such messages 59% of all young adults 56% of young adult women 62% of young adult men 64% of young adults say they have received such messages 33
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics 70% of teen sexting is between boyfriend and girlfriend And then spreads all around school 20% of teen sexting sent to someone they want to date or hook up with This generation's version of flirting 34
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics 40% of teens have received sexually suggesting text messages or s that were passed around Not originally intended for them 35
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Some statistics Most common reason cited for sending sexting To be "fun or flirtatious" (66%) As a "sexy present" from a teen girl to her boyfriend (52%) In response to having received it (44%) As a joke (40%) 36
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Emotional isolation Independent of all of the moral concerns… Teens with unfettered access to cell phones tend to become emotionally isolated Overly connected with friends and influences outside the family More vulnerable to predators and high risk behaviors 37
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Parenting tips Understand all the features of your teen's phone Significantly more difficult to track and manage content on a cell phone The "no computer in the bedroom" rule is now much more complicated Don't buy your teen the latest and greatest phone with all the features 38
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Parenting tips Limit access to cell phones A cell phone is not a right It's a privilege Consider check-out system Checked out as-needed, then checked back in Failure to check out loses privilege Swap phones so not the same number for same kid every time Check text messages 39
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Parenting tips Check with your service provider about parental controls and filters Check your monthly bill to look for additional charges Wallpaper (images) Internet turned on Text messages over the limit Data charges for data sent or received Ring tones 40
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Parenting tips Text your teen... Reach out to teens on their turf Sometimes can make very positive spiritual impact on your child Look for positive uses for texting Shopping list at the store Message in a meeting when you can't take a phone call Quick news without call interruption 41
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Parenting tips Other positives Contact with your children when they're out on their own Scriptures on your PDA/phone :) Consider GPS tracking May be unpopular with teens 42
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Personal tip Figure out where your comfort zone is with cell phones in your life For yourself, for your family, for your teens Don't be ignorant of the challenges Don't give in to peer pressure For yourself or for your kids 43
© 2009 Charles D. Knutson Questions? Internet Safety Podcast Internet Safety Wiki wiki.internetsafetypodcast.com Dr. Charles Knutson 44
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