Texting helps parents get through to teenagers

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Joel Reidenberg was quoted in a piece in the Australian about how texting can help parents and their children communicate. Reidenberg warns about the privacy implications of such communication.

Parents should be mindful, however, that the messages are stored by mobile phone providers and can be forwarded by friends or read by anyone who finds the phone, such as a teacher who takes it away, says Joel Reidenberg, a professor at the Fordham University School of Law, New York, and an expert on student technology and privacy.

“If you’re texting with your child about your child’s girlfriend or boyfriend who you don’t like, that can become very public,” he says.

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