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Take #itcanwait Pledge, Texting and Driving Is Life-Threatening Epidemic

 *This post is part of a sponsored series by AT&T

Texting and Driving is a life-threatening epidemic. I have been participating in the #itcanwait campaign with AT&T because I wanted to help get the word out.  But it has also given me a great opportunity to educate my family and other parents on the dangers of texting and driving by taking the It Can Wait Pledge. My son will be driving in a year and my twins may only be in 5th grade but it is never too early to educate them.

 

 

September 19 (today!) is Drive4Pledges Day  so I encourage EVERYONE to take a stand on this day and put an end to texting and driving. Here are numbers to show how texting and driving is a life-threatening epidemic:

 

 

  • Texting and driving makes you 23 times more likely to be in an accident
  • More than 100,000 texting-related accidents every year result in injuries or deaths
  • 90% of teens say they’d stop texting and driving if a friend in the car simply asked them
  • 97% of teen drivers agree that texting and driving is dangerous
  • 75% of teens say that texting and driving is common among their friends
  • 43% of teens admit to texting and driving
  • 49% of adult commuters admit to texting and driving
  • 77% of teens say that adults tell them not to text and drive, but do it themselves “all the time”

 

Here is how you can help:

  1. Take the It Can Wait pledge TODAY at http://www.itcanwait.com/.
  2. Take the simulator test and show others at Texting and Driving Simulator: http://itcanwaitsimulator.org/.
  3. Parents and educators should not only share information about the dangers of texting and driving with kids but also set up a strategy for themselves! I printed out the ItCanWait Activation kit and had my kids color in the stencil which I display in my car as a reminder.
  4. Share information on the “From One Second to the Next” documentary. There is a 34 minute version – but here is the 12 minute version:

 

I am heading to my local health club today with the #itcanwait Texting and Driving Simulator to have club members take the pledge and use the simulator to experience the dangers of texting and driving. I had my teen son use the simulator last night – and every time he took it he failed, which successfully taught him that texting while driving is not only dangerous, it is also life threatening.

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored series by AT&T

 

 

 

Giveaway: Pledge Not To Text And Drive. It Can Wait!

Distracted driving is a serious problem. In my last post about the topic I discussed the AT&T “It Can Wait” website that has important information for families. The AT&T It Can wait website shows “Texting and Driving Crash – It Can Wait” and other videos that anyone with a phone and a car should watch (parents and teens included!):

 

 

Join me and pledge to never text and drive.  The It Can Wait website has a section where you can share your pledge. Here is another It Can Wait pledge I just did on the website and tweeted:Those who send txt messages while drivng are 23x more likely to be in a crash. Pledge @ itcanwait.com. #ITCANWAIT “.

 

 

I was thrilled to see my pledge retweeted by others – so by making a pledge you can inspire others to make their pledge not to text while driving.

 

 

AT&T also has a DriveMode™ (Android  and BlackBerry) app that has auto on/off to help increase safety on the road.

The DriveMode app “curbs the urge to text and drive by allowing you to temporarily limit the features of your mobile device so you stay focused on the road. You can set-up auto-replies to texts, emails and wireless phone calls to let people know you’re on the road and will get back to them. AT&T DriveMode is free to AT&T customers.

 

UPDATE:  Jeannine S  is our Winner (and she has been contacted). Thanks to all that entered!!

To help move this important issue forward, I am excited to host a “It Can Wait” (ICW) giveaway where ONE winner will get the following prize (fulfilled by AT&T):
One Samsung Galaxy S III
One ICW t-shirt
One ICW branded phone case (to fit the GSIII)
Two ICW decals (for your car)
Two ICW thumbbands
How do you enter? It is 2 easy steps:
1. Fill out the Rafflecopter entry below
2. Take the pledge at ItCanWait.com and comment that you took it .
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

ESRB and SF Giants: Dream Team To Help Parents Understand Gaming Ratings

When it comes to who has influence over my kids,  sports idols rate very high. We are a SF Giants fan family – and my twins were lucky enough to play in 2 years of Little League where there team was called the “Giants”.  So of course the SF Giants have a huge impact on my sons. Their dedication, hard work and teamwork are something I remind my sons to model in their own life. The ESRB is an organization that not only assigns content ratings for computer and video games, but also helps parents understand the content each game.  When I was invited to press event with the Giants and ESRB about a new PSA  (public service announcement) campaign educating parents about the video game rating system – that was a “home run” event for me not only as press but as a parent. Of course, I had to bring my boys with me (it was my own unofficial bring your kids to work day!)..

The PSAs,” which feature the players explaining the ESRB rating system and encouraging parents to use it when buying games for their families, will begin running on television and radio stations throughout Northern California as well as on the video display boards in AT&T Park during Giants home games.”  The representatives at the event were Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants catcher,  Ryan Vogelsong – San Francisco Giants pitcher joined Patricia Vance – President ESRB, Michael Gallagher – President and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, Jack Tretton, president and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment, Laurent deToc – Executive Director for North America, UbiSoft,  other ESRB and Giants representatives and Families from Junior Giants.

 

Patricia Vance welcomed everyone to press event with Buster Posey,  Ryan Vogelsong and reps from Sony Computer Entertainment, UbiSoft,  Entertainment Software Association and ESRB representatives:

 

 

Buster Posey shared information about the Giants/ESRB public service announcement:

 

Ryan Vogelsong also shared information about the Giants/ESRB public service announcement::

 

 

The PSA was shown, one of the scenes shows the ESRB mobile app – which I use all the time to help me with finding out ratings information on the go:

 

 

The PSA also had Buster Posey and Ryan interacting with the kids with an age appropriate, which is positive reinforcement for kids to play games appropriate for their age:

 

 

After seeing them play the baseball video game on the public service announcement, my twin sons of course had to check out the new MLB® 12: The Show™ for PlayStation®3 (PS3™)  game that was set up at the event. That is – after checking out the ESRB rating:

 

 

My teen knows that he can play games with the ESRB rating “T” for Teen or below. My 9 year old can play the games rated “E” for everyone. They were both holding pictures of the games as examples, showing off the ESRB ratings on the bottom left:

 

 

Then we had the opportunity to head out to AT&T stadium area, one of our favorite places to be because it is where the SF Giants play!:

 

 

They gave the press more opportunities to see the games and rating examples:

 

 

Then the local mom bloggers got together for a picture: Left to right – Adel Vardell (HappaMama), Beth Blecherman (thats me – TechMama!), Kimberly Kauer Postlewaite (Silicon Valley Mamas), Lia Frietas (Mama’s Starting Over), Patricia Vance (ESRB), Ana Picazo (Finding BonggaMom), Perrin Kaplan (Zebra Partners). On bottom row: Kari Dahlen (The Karianna Spectrum). Taking the picture: Michele Spring Fajeau (Zebra Partners).

 

 

My sons were beyond excited when Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants catcher) not only shook their hand but posed for a picture!

 

 

Just to “knock it out of the park”, Ryan Vogelsong  (San Francisco Giants pitcher) also gave my super SF Giants fans a handshake and a picture:

 

 

The official press release is below. My boys never knew that computer and video game ratings could be so much fun!

Disclosure: This was a press event. All of my words are my own.

Camera used: Pictures taken with Sony Cybershot WX9

PRESS RELEASE:

 

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Share Your Healthy Habits And Help The Children’s Health Fund

See bottom of this post for disclosure (*paid campaign*).

As a working mom with three young sons, keeping the house clean is a big challenge. It sounds so “1950′s mom in an apron” to say that -  but seriously I have THREE ACTIVE BOYS (12 year old tween and twin 8 year olds). Even though we clean the house thoroughly every week, one hour later our  bedrooms and bathrooms do are back to their “wind storm passed through here” look. When asked, my boys will help neaten their room, clear their plates from the table and pick up their school and sports junk from the front door– but  I need to remind them. And remind them. And remind them.

If I don’t remind them,  I am stepping over nerf guns, lego pieces, trails of clothing and food wrappers that never made it to the garbage can. This is quite a change from my pre-kid years as a Senior Manager at a top tier consulting firm where my project teams worked together like a well-oiled machine, and never left half-eaten cheese sticks melting on the TV.  I can’t seem to get that same pace going at my own home.

When I was contacted to participate in a program that the Children’s Health Fund and Clorox partnered with called “Check-in for Checkups” by sharing a healthy habit, I saw a great opportunity to  engage my sons in cleaning chores. Why not encourage this behavior during the summer, while school is out and their schedule is more relaxed, with the goal of continuing these chores when school starts up again this fall?

The end goal is for my boys to be able to manage cleaning their own dorm room or apartment when they are out on their own.

Just thinking back to what some of the boy’s dorm rooms and apartments looked like when I was in college, I began fantasizing that my kids would avoid this rat-trap, health hazard phase of early adulthood. I imagined telling my three boys that women like a man who knows how to clean up after himself. Yes, the rewards for clean habits start young and continue as you get older. I’ll tell you all about their progress in the next blog post.

The Check-ins For Checkups Program

My role in this effort is to check-in with my healthy habit (engaging my three boys with cleaning) and to share information about the Check-in for Checkups program with my communities. Clorox and CHF are working to encourage healthy habits and help provide health care to disadvantaged children. This is the second year CHF and Clorox are partnering and this year’s program is called Check-in for Checkups.  For each check-in, Clorox will donate 10 cents, up to $100,000, to CHF to help support their goal of providing half a million health care visits to children in need across the country.

When you check-in your healthy habit, you are not only helping yourself, but also the lives of others. The more you check-in, the more you give back to disadvantaged children across the country. This issue is of the utmost importance since one in five children in the U.S. live in poverty and millions of children don’t have access to regular check-ups and timely health care visits when sick.

How to particpate in Check-in for Checkups:

Join me as I regularly share my healthy habit updates at the website Check-in for Checkups and check-in your healthy habit. I will also be spreading the word on Facebook and on Twitter using the #Checkinforcheckups hashtag.

Here is some information I recieved about Children’s Health Fund from their website:

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