Monday, December 6, 2010

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Hosts FREE Parent Educator Kids & Cell Phone Forum Dec 14th

According to an FCC news release I received today, recent surveys show cell phone ownership among children has increased 68 percent in the past five years and typical teens send a text message every 10 minutes during waking hours.

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As a mom of four teens, 2 boys and 2 girls all born within a year (including triplets), cell phone use by kids is something I'm passionate about, both as a mother and in my position as which is all about enhancing family living for kids, moms, dads, and extended family members including such things as protecting our youth and raising kids successfully in today's multi-media influenced culture.  

I fully support events like these that are being held in response to the exponential growth in adolescent cell phone ownership, use, and unfortunately abuse.

Next week, the FCC will hold Generation Mobile, a government-sponsored forum for parents and educators that will address a range of cell phone use and abuse topics involving kids and teens including
  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexting
  • Safe cell phone use
The event takes place on Tuesday, December 14 live in Washington, D.C. and will be simultaneously webcast at  During this FCC special forum those parents and educators participating virtually will be able to send their questions to or they can use the hashtag #GenMobile on Twitter for the event's duration.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST

LIVE AT: McKinley Technology High School Auditorium, 151 T Street Northeast, Washington D.C., 20002

Twitter Hashtag #GenMobile

Generation Mobile will feature remarks by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and a presentation of findings from a Pew Internet and American Life study on kids' mobile phone usage.  The forum will include a panel of teens, parents and educators sharing their thoughts on mobile technology.  A second panel will focus on educating and empowering parents through an "Ask the Mobile Experts" session. The experts will also recommend tools and resources to parents and kids for the safe and responsible use of mobile phones.

The event is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, those attending the event live are asked to pre-register by submitting their name, organizational affiliation and phone number to .  There is no need to RSVP if you are participating on-line, just log on at the start of the event to join in.

The FCC notes that reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please e-mail or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY) with your contact information, should FCC staff need to contact you, and a detailed description of the accommodation you require. Requests should be made as early as possible, as last minute requests may be impossible to fulfill.

For additional Generation Mobile information, contact Roger Goldblatt at (202) 418-1035 or

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How long do your kids spend on their cell phones each day? And, even more importantly, do you really know what they're doing on these phones?  Please leave a comment and share with us.

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