Last Thursday I headed over to McClellan Elementary School on the south side of Chicago to take part in AT&T Mobile Safety Event. This event is designed as a school safety fair, with stations hosted by parents and AT&T representatives. Activities include exhibits about parental controls, games to test kids’ knowledge of wireless rules and interactive discussions with families. AT&T will also have the texting while driving simulator to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving. Both students and parents from McClellan attended the fun event.
I for one was excited to attend this event, fresh off my SXSW visit where I pledge with AT&T to not text and drive. Unfortunately I’m one of those people who is guilty of being a repeat offender… well WAS 🙂
AT&T Mobile Safety event is important because mobile phones have become a part of the way we live, and families are faced with tough decisions about how their children interact with them. I for one have seen text my baby sister has sent/received and “paused for the team” 😐 or found myself upset with my nephew or step son reach for my phone fastest than I can! Phones and Fun Mobile Safety Night is part of the AT&T Mobile Safety initiative to provide families with educational resources that help start the mobile safety conversation.
The kids were extremely ecstatic about the driving simulator that gave them the opportunity to drive around the city, you see the line. Speaker Christian Gonzales helped the kids out by texting while they were driving, which caused the simulator to crash.
One of the stations where kids learned what was was appropriate to send via text message. “ok” or “no way” were the responses they gave based on a specific question.
Overall, I had a great time at the event and actually learned something. I have not TWD “texted while driving” since I can back from Austin and I’m very proud of myself. I will also be spreading the word about sexting or “no way” conversation for kids.
Interested in getting more information, check out AT&T Mobile Safety site. Do you text and drive? What would it take for you to stop?
Disclosure: Glasses and Glitter was excited to work with AT&T to bring awareness to mobile safety. I was compensated for this post, but my opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own and in no way effected the outcome of this post.