www.txtsurvey.co.nz - assessing the risks of text messaging

, posted: 19-Apr-2007 13:48

Technology is a good thing in terms of what it enables, however as with everything on this rock, everything that can be used for good can also be used for evil.

Text messaging is an example of this.  While it enables individuals to communicate across a room or across the world quickly and conveniently, it also enable people to send bad messages.

Today Text Bullying (as it is called) is a endemic problem in schools. Teachers are increasingly unable to address problems because where they once took place in the school yard, they are now taking place over invisible airwaves and they are almost invisible.

I'm trying to get my head around the issue, so I've put together a survey that asks questions to try and find out how big the problem is and think through a solution.

You can access the survey at www.txtsurvey.co.nz.  There are 37 questions in total, but some are optional.

If you have kids with mobile phones, please take 10 minutes to fill out the survey.  If you know of someone who has kids, please forward the URL or a link to www.txtsurvey.co.nz to them and ask them to fill it in.

Thanks for your help!


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Comment by tonyhughes, on 19-Apr-2007 15:56

2 hours 40 mins since domain was registered... a new project huh? I just did the survey, took about 3 or 4 minutes and was well worth it. I look forward to hearing any more about it (in fact I would be interested in being invoved on any level.... you have my email...)

Author's note by darrylb, on 19-Apr-2007 16:23

Thanks Tony.  Yup, new thing... Thanks for your interest.  At this stage the most helpful thing everyone can do is help me drive people to fill in the survey.

I'll post some of the results up here when they are complete.  I'm aiming for 1000 people filling it in.

If I need help, I'll be in touch - thanks again!

Comment by alasta, on 19-Apr-2007 20:03

It seems that the old playground adage of 'sticks and stones' is well and truly dead and buried.

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