Text Messaging Etiquette tips:
- Texting while having a face-to-face conversation with someone is just as rude as taking a call during a conversation.
- Don’t use text messaging to send a very important message. Don’t break up with someone via text, or send important information to your boss.
- Don’t send text messages while under the influence! If you have a habit of doing this, leave your phone at home (if you’re going out) or give it to a friend to hold for the evening.
- Keep things as simple as possible. It is difficult to detect the tone of a text message. If you’re making a joke, it’s a good idea to make it clear by using a smiley or “j/k”.
- Don’t text message and drive! Keep two hands on the wheel and two eyes on the road.
- Reply to people when they send you a text, even if it’s just one word. Technology is fallible, so it’s always good to know when the message has been received.
- Keep in mind that anything you send as a text message can be traced.
- Be mindful of your friends’ schedules. Don't assume that because you’re awake, working, not busy or out that the person you're texting is as able to answer you immediately.
- If you require an immediate response, or have a lot to say, a voice call is probably the best way to go.
- Even if your phone is set to vibrate, don’t text in public places like a theatre or a cinema. The glow from your device could be very distracting to some people.
Kids / Parent Info:
- You should never share your cellphone number with someone you don’t know, or post it on an Internet site (like Facebook or MySpace) or give it out in a chat room.
- If you find yourself being harassed by another wireless user via SMS, don’t keep it a secret. Tell a parent or teacher. Do not sink to the bully’s level! Don’t respond to the harassment with harassment.
- If you’re having a problem with text messaging bullying, report it to your service provider and give them the offending cell number. They might be able to help.
- If you’re receiving unknown messages, keep track of the originating phone numbers or email addresses, and report this information to your wireless carrier.
- Most online text messaging services (such as receiving a joke of the day, or receiving contest alerts) cost money. Make sure you read all of the details and check with a parent before participating in a text messaging contest, or subscribing to online text messaging services.
- Like subscription services, texting to download ringtones, wallpapers and themes are rarely free. Keep in mind that there may be a fee for these downloads appearing on your next bill, so it’s best to keep parents informed of all wireless purchases.
- Text messages are totally traceable, so it’s best not to write anything or conduct yourself in any way that you would not want a parent to read about