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How often do you see drivers texting or talking with hand-held cell phones? California is taking a stand against this dangerous practice. Across the country and up and down the state, law enforcement kicked off the first-ever Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The California Highway Patrol is partnering with more than 200 other law enforcement agencies to maximize enforcement this month. A ticket for violating either the hands free or no texting law costs a minimum of $159, and subsequent tickets cost $279.
Here are a few more sites to learn more about distracted driving and what YOU can do:
Too many lives are destroyed every year because of distracted driving. It’s time to remind family, friends, and co-workers that “it’s not worth it!”
One of our readers suggested that we take a look at this NBCAction News YouTube video. We felt that it was important enough to share with our readers.
Social Network stalking on Smartphones
Some people voluntarily tell the world where they are and what they’re doing by ”checking in” on social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. Most social networking websites have made it very convenient for you to post your status and whereabouts by using your smartphone. Gowalla and Foursquare have turned “checking in” into a fun way to earn badges, titles, and other rewards. Not only do these sites keep a log of your check-ins, they also let you automatically send status updates to Facebook and Twitter.
You could be very careful not to give away your location on your Facebook or Twitter pages, but the camera on your smartphone could be supplying people with that information. Many people take photos or video and upload them to social networking websites. A few years ago you needed to be careful that the background in your photos didn’t include any personal information – street address, license plate number, street signs, easily identifiable landmarks, etc. Now most smartphones come equipped with GPS (Global Positioning System) technology, which allows many smartphones the capability of geotagging your photos when you take them. The geotag data is then uploaded along with your photo, revealing when and exactly where it was taken. Photos posted to photo sharing sites like Flickr and Picasa can also be tagged with location, but it is not an automatic function.
In August of 2010, Adam Savage, of the television show “MythBusters,” took a photo of his vehicle using his smartphone. He then posted the photo to his Twitter account including the phrase “Now it’s off to work.” Since the photo was taken by his smartphone, the image contained metadata reveling the exact geographical location the photo was taken. So by simply taking and posting a photo to Twitter, Savage revealed the exact location of his home, the vehicle he drives and the time he leaves for work.
Please pay attention to the camera settings on your smartphones. It’s too easy for your location information to become public. If you are interested in turning off ”location services” on your cell phone, you can usually find the information in your general phone settings. Call your service provider or look online for model specific instructions if you need assistance.
Vote for your favorite Elk Grove High School PSA on News 10
News10 partnered with the California Office of Traffic Safety to conduct a student-produced Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest about the dangers of texting and driving. The students of Elk Grove High School’s Technology and Digital Arts Academy created submissions for the contest.
Check out the student submissions here and cast your vote for the PSA you think does the best job of communicating to teens the dangers of texting and talking while driving.
Please support our amazing students and their PSA videos. Winners will be broadcast on News10. Voting ends January 21. One vote per person, per day.
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Spreading rumors and playground bullying is nothing new to students. There has been a huge shift. Children are now using their mobile phones and the Internet to hurt, humiliate, and harass each other. They are receiving and sending inappropriate texts, instant messages, and embarrassing photos. This type of bullying is especially disturbing because it is constant and very public.
From the front page of today’s SacBee: Teens Love Their Phones. If you are the parent of a teen, it’s doubtful that this news item comes as a surprise. The statistics are from the latest Pew Internet and American life Project study, which was released on Tuesday:
33% of teens send more than 100 text messages a day.
Number of texts typically sent and received per day: 80 (girls); 30 (boys); 10 (adults).
62% of parents say they have taken away a cell phone as punishment.
26% of teens have been bullied or harassed through text messages and phone calls.
48% of parents use the phone to monitor their children’s location.”