Texting in Class
By Drew Olanoff of textPlus
Aug 11, 2011, 10:40 PST

Photo by Andy Nguyen CC2.0 license

More and more high schools might be trying to ban cell phone use during school – but that’s not stopping most teens from texting during class. According to a new survey from free texting app textPlus, classroom texting is rampant in today's high schools.

According to the survey:
  • 43% of teens 13-17 say they text during class
  • 17% of them say they do so “constantly”
  • Only 26% think it’s wrong to text during class
  • 52% of teens say they text with friends who are actually sitting in the same classroom!
  • They are getting away with it, too. Nearly 80% of the teens surveyed said they have never gotten in trouble for texting in class.

And it turns out kids are not the only culprits, according to the survey, parents are to blame too. 66% of teens say their parents text them during the day, even though they know they are in class.

And while the survey revealed that texting topics are the run of the mill gossip, crushes, weekend plans, etc., some teens said texting has “saved” them a few times: 22% of teens said they have texted answers to classmates who have been called on by the teacher with a tough question. 20% said they themselves had been “saved” by such a text.

Oh, and English teachers will love this one: 29% of teens admit to using texting shorthand in their written school assignments (eg, 4 instead of for or u instead of you).

Although this survey apparently didn't deal with the question, texting is also being used to cheat on exams. So, if you are an instructor you should keep an especially careful eye out for students texting under their desks.

Texting has definitely become a major issue in classes today, and teachers and administrators are going to have to deal with infractions swiftly and seriously or students who play by the rules will find themselves at a severe disadvantage.

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