I would never text while driving. Except at stoplights, that is, or maybe just to take a quick peek at E-mail. Like many parents, I'm a hypocrite about this issue; I lecture my daughter about the dangers of any mobile-phone use while driving and snatch the BlackBerry out of my husband's hands when he's behind the wheel. Time to shape up, Mommy. One of the best ways to enforce no-texting-while-driving in your family is to forgo the practice yourself.
Easier said than done, I know. So I like the new Rules of the Road for Texting from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that lobbies for safer media use. It's a practical way to start thinking about getting your family's texting-while-driving habit under control:
If you think your teenager needs a shocking wake-up call, the Texting While Driving PSA on YouTube may do the trick. It's a graphic enactment of a car crash caused when a teenage girl gets distracted while texting and driving. Her two girlfriends are killed. It's not for the squeamish.