Those of us with teens in our houses know how attune they are to the latest techno-gadgets.They prefer texting to talking to their buddies.

As a result, the latest phone or PDA can carry more status for this generation than a Mustang convertible did for mine. But like a speedy car, new phones have an element of danger not always recognized by those yet to acknowledge their mortality.

So it means parents must bring a measure of caution and knowledge to the use and potential abuses of ever-increasing communication technology.

Dwayne Hastings of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, SBC, provides some helpful advice in this article from Baptist Press.

Hastings notes: “The latest generation of cell phones offers an expanded array of features — some which may put your teenager at risk. New wireless technology allows users to download digital video content and other material directly from the Internet to wireless hand-held devices such as the feature-rich cell phones and iPods.”

Being alarmists who fear or reject technological advances makes no sense. But being informed and cautious about our teens’ choices certainly does.

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