Entries in Text Messaging (2)


New Laws for the New Year: 3 More States Ban Texting While Driving

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Tens of thousands of new laws go into effect Saturday in cities and states all across the country. Some of the laws have far-reaching goals, like making roads safer. Three more states – Delaware, Kansas and Kentucky – now ban text messaging while driving.

Others have more specific targets. In California, photographers now face beefed up penalties or false imprisonment for blocking cars. New laws make it more difficult to be a food cart owner in Des Moines, Iowa; they are now banned at night because of their tendency to attract crowds.

Many of the new laws deal with technology. In California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas, for example, impersonating someone through social media or email is now a crime.

In Connecticut, the fine for those pesky telemarketers who violate the “Do Not Call” registry just jumped to $11,000 per violation.

There are now stricter penalties if you’re convicted of holding a dog fight within 1,000 feet of an Illinois school, park or playground.

And don’t try subletting your New York City apartment for just a few days or weeks. A new law that takes affect in May bans renting your apartment for less than a month.

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Teens Try Week With No Facebook, Texting

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SEATTLE) -- Facebook and texting are like food and water for modern-day teenagers. But this week, students at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Wash., have tried to go cold turkey in a challenge they called "the social experiment."

Along with their rival high school, the students took a trip back to 1995: no Facebook, no texting, no e-mail, no instant messaging. Except for emergencies, they didn't even use their cell phones.

When they return to school on Monday, the students will see who survived without status updates, and who was tempted to text. The tech-addicted kids were inspired by their video production teacher, Trent Mitchell, who said he hoped his students could "think about ways they can communicate besides just sending a quick 'OMG, LOL' message."

The time away from the computer led some students to appreciate old-fashioned forms of entertainment, like reading a paper-and-ink book.

Mitchell said about 250 students and teachers at each high school planned to go tech-free for the week. Students who survived the week -- and didn't get caught by the "Facebook spies" who were monitoring students' online habits -- stood to win prizes donated by businesses in the community. Students in his video production class were filming the experiment and creating documentaries out of their footage.

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