What is LG Text Ed?
LG Text Ed is a service provided by the LG company, known for its mobile phones. The site includes a library of articles, videos, and quick tips involving cell phone safety. Statistics about cell phone usage is also availabe. A Q&A section allows parents to enter a question (containing up to 175 characters) that will be answered by LG Text Ed experts. There is also a section called "Mobile Phones 101," which tells parents the basic features that most (if not all) smartphones contain so that parents can be aware of the programs easily available to their child.1
LG Text Ed Council
Jane Lynch is an actress, most recently known for her work on the television show Glee.
Rosalind Wiseman is author of Queen Bees and Wannabees: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World.
Dr. Charles Sophy is the medical director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, the nation's largest child welfare system.
Dr. Joel Haber is the founder of the Respect U Program and focuses on preventing bullying.
LG Text Ed with Jane Lynch
With Jane Lynch, LG put out a series of five short videos about mobile phones. Each video starts out with Jane Lynch introducing herself, saying, "Hi, I'm Jane Lynch. Today I'm a model citizen, but I used to be a model jerk." She then explains that she was pulled over when texting while driving. As part of her "text rehab," she has teamed up with LG to help parents. The videos each cover a different topic: sexting, acronyms, teaching kids what times are inappropriate to text during, mobile harrassment (which includes flame wars and cyberbullying), and texting while driving.
The videos are humorous in nature, but cover the topics thoroughly. The parents taught by Lynch are comical and slightly over the top. Charts on the wall of the classroom are also made humorous, including a periodic table that has been modified to include common texting acronyms instead of chemicals.
At the end of each clip, Jane Lynch appears alone on screen to give parents "homework" to complete with their children. These include reading articles on the LG Text Ed site. Links accompany each video. 34
The videos can also be found on YouTube.