The Cost of Texting Teens
Imagine Gregg and Jaylene Christoffersen's surprise when they got their monthly Verizon cell phone bill and it totaled $4,756.25 for texting messages by their teen.
It seems the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Dena, had sent out about 10,000 text messages and received about the same amount in a one-month period. Dena, who did most of her texting while at school, no longer has a cell phone. Her dad took a hammer to it. You can see more about this story here.
So, the Color of Money question this week is: How would you have handled an almost $5,000 cell phone by your teen? Was Dena's dad right to hammer his child's cell?
Personally, my 14-year-old doesn't have a cell phone and stories like this just give me more ammunition not to cave to her nagging for one.
Send your comments to this week's question to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, please put "COM Question of the Week."
Here are two Web sites that offer some tips on how to control your teen's talking and texting use:
Color of Money Book Club Chat
Join me at noon on April 23 for the monthly Color of Money Book Club discussion.
This month's Color of Money Book Club Selection is "The Millionaire Kids Club" series by Susan Beacham and Lynnette Khalfani-Cox. The books teach kids how to save, invest, donate and spend.