Funny cell phone ads tell teens to stop ‘SEXTING’

With 25 percent of America’s teens “sexting” each other, cell phone companies have started creating public service announcements to tell them to stop texting mean and sexually explicit messages.

LG has created a very funny series of ads (there are several, which you can watch above) with James Lipton narrating sexting  and other texting scenarios where teens are encouraged to “give it a ponder” before texting photos of their “junk” or other items.

The ads also address mean girl texting, rumor creating and rumor forwarding.

I don’t think teens will know who James Lipton is but the ads are very funny!  But will they be effective? (Maybe Tiger Woods can be their next anti-texting poster boy!)

What do you think: Do you think the ads will help kids stop and think before they text or sext? Will they know who James Lipton is? What would help teens think about the consequences of sending photos of their boobs over a medium that can be exponentially sent out? How do you get teens to understand that?

Do you like the ads? Do you think they are funny? Will you share them with your teen?

74 comments Add your comment

Jesse's Girl

December 9th, 2009
10:01 am

Holy crap on a stick!!!!! How did you know I have a HUGE cruch on James Lipton?!!!! Great…now I’ve got junk on the brain…but this is ssssoooo stinkin funny!

Photius

December 9th, 2009
10:04 am

Adults do it to! Let these fools take pictures of themselves, write dirty things… and have it come back to bite them! The train has already left the station….

JATL

December 9th, 2009
10:16 am

It may get a tiny few to stop doing it, but (although much funnier), they’ll probably be like the “this is your brain on drugs” commercials that most potheads found hilarious!

Who the heck...

December 9th, 2009
10:16 am

…is James Lipton? Does he make teabags?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 9th, 2009
10:19 am

he hosts the Actor’s Studio on Bravo where they talk to actors about their craft — from Wikipedia

is an American writer, poet, composer, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the Bravo cable television series, Inside the Actors Studio, which debuted in 1994. He is also a pilot and devoted member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

So, you did not answer the rest of the question...

December 9th, 2009
10:23 am

…does he make teabags?

YUKI

December 9th, 2009
10:39 am

no, he makes onion soup.

Jesse's Girl

December 9th, 2009
10:42 am

Yeah..pretty sure you were being ignored.

Wayne

December 9th, 2009
10:54 am

“Holy crap on a stick’??? Is that a southern thing?

Becky

December 9th, 2009
11:11 am

Wayne, not sure..I’ve lived in GA. all of my 47 years and prior to Jesses Girl saying it on here, the only other person that I had ever heard say this was a coworker..This was supposed to be here way of not cursing..

Wayne

December 9th, 2009
11:16 am

I kinda like it… I don’t swear much, but this could work! Mind if I use it? I don’t want to use something that might be, say, copyrighted!

Wayne

December 9th, 2009
11:16 am

Or is that trademarked? ‘nother discussion for ‘nother day.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 9th, 2009
11:21 am

I’m sure JG would be happy for you to spread her swear — just give her credit.

Jesse's Girl

December 9th, 2009
11:38 am

I don’t think I made it up….but I’ve been saying it for so long now..who knows? Its a off shoot of my Great Granny’s fave curse word….CRAP PUDDING. Actually she would say….”Well crap puddin’.”

Wayne

December 9th, 2009
11:53 am

This just keeps gettin’ better’n better! Thanks Jesse’s Girl! Made my snowy, rainy day!

hmmmm

December 9th, 2009
11:57 am

not many comments today, i think because we’ve discussed sexting three times now…how bout a new topic?? please…

Becky

December 9th, 2009
12:12 pm

@hmmmm, so what do you think we should talk about today? How about the price of tea in China?

Laurie

December 9th, 2009
12:21 pm

If we could sext a picture of MJG to all these kids, that should get them to stop!

hmmmm

December 9th, 2009
12:33 pm

here’s a topic my sister and i have been “disagreeing” about. at what age is a child too old to still believe in Santa (or is there an age). my nephew is 11yrs old and still believes in Santa, to the point where he gets in arguments with friends and gets teased at school about it.

DB

December 9th, 2009
12:39 pm

@ Laurie, that was just downright mean and bitchy. Play nice — MJG is a lovely person.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 9th, 2009
12:42 pm

I just wanted you to see the funny ads!

Smith

December 9th, 2009
12:42 pm

Oh please don’t bring that up hmmmm……you will get so many people saying they don’t lie to their kids about Santa……this happened last year and it was rather nasty.

They’ll lie about Jesus, but not Santa.

hmmmm

December 9th, 2009
12:46 pm

@Smith…ooops sorry! just trying to convince her that she needs to let it go, he’s 11!

hmmmm

December 9th, 2009
12:47 pm

but then again i don’t have children so what do i know?? :)

DB

December 9th, 2009
12:48 pm

@hmmm . . . well, my son is 21, and we have yet to have the “Santa Claus talk.” :-) I think he was afraid that if he clued us in that he was on to us, the flow of presents would stop! My daughter, on the other hand, had a neighbor whose family didn’t believe in doing Santa Claus, so she got clued in early, around 7, when she confronted me and declared, matter-of-factly, “Look, I know you and Daddy are Santa’s helpers, ok?”

JJ

December 9th, 2009
1:04 pm

I STILL BELIEVE IN SANTA CLAUS!!!!!!

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December 9th, 2009
1:09 pm

These ads will not be effective at all.

My son is 6. This will be the last year for Santa. He is already too smart for this. It seems below his intellegence. He looked up the temperature averages in the North Pole and said that there is no way a person could live there. He asked me to explain and I just said, “I don’t know. Thats where people say he lives”

He didn’t look like he bought it, but he still wants toys. I think he is just humoring his old man at this point.

FCM

December 9th, 2009
1:19 pm

My youngest (7) believes in the Elf on Shelf but told me she doesn’t think Santa is real b/c she found the same wrapping paper he used on her gift last year behind my (old) couch when we getting ready for the )new) couch.

My eldest (10) said “Shhhhh if you don’t believe you don’t get toys.”

Then later that night they both got tickled that Santa was at a party reading with kids and taking photos. I told them we could just leave without seeing him since they don’t believe. They got upset. We stayed.

I am not sure it is all that important that Santa be real forever. I do think that it is important for kids to get to experience things that are only “real” in childhood. If the 11 yo wants to believe let him, the cruel world will beat him soon enough.

HB

December 9th, 2009
1:29 pm

Generally, I think it’s nice for kids to work out the Santa thing on their own and most do by 8 or 9 — that seems fine to me. In most cases, I don’t think parents really need to step in and tell them otherwise, but there’s definitely a point where I think they should stop selling the story. Basically, when the tone of a child’s questions changes from an earnest desire to know like “How does Santa get down the chimney?” to doubts like “He couldn’t really do that, could he?”, don’t keep working to convince them to believe what they’re now old enough to know can’t be true. At age 11, with the child getting into arguments at school and presumably telling the parents that happened, it really is perpetuating a lie as opposed to enjoying a harmless childhood fairy tale if they don’t ‘fess up.

JJ

December 9th, 2009
1:47 pm

How did we get from sexting to Santa?

JJ

December 9th, 2009
1:48 pm

Santa is alive and well in my home.

As some of you may know, On Christmas morning, before my daughter gets up, I walk from the fireplace to her bedroom, and sprinkle baby powder on my feet as I go down the hall, to make it look like Santa walked in the house with snow on his feet.

Hell, she bought the baby powder last year and handed it to me and said “You know what to do”….

hmmmm

December 9th, 2009
2:05 pm

JJ, that’s too funny!

HB

December 9th, 2009
2:07 pm

That’s really sweet, JJ. :)

Belle

December 9th, 2009
2:12 pm

I still believe in Santa! Before my parents died a few years ago, Christmas gifts were still from Santa at their house. I’m so excited to really be able to get into the Santa thing this year with my kids.

Laurie

December 9th, 2009
2:31 pm

@ DB – she may be a “lovely person”, but do you think a bunch of teens and tweens would want to see her naked? Or would they be traumatized enough to stop doing that?!

Renny

December 9th, 2009
3:23 pm

love Elf on the Shelf…best idea ever!

DB

December 9th, 2009
3:50 pm

@Laurie: Hell, Laurie — you could send them MY picture, if you want. It’s scary enough, especially when I’m channeling my grandmother, who was a 1st grade teacher for 45 years. :-) I’m just sick and tired of people picking on MJG — and yours was gratuitously mean. ‘Tis the season — so at least fake the good cheer, huh?

Renny

December 9th, 2009
3:52 pm

motherjanegoose

December 9th, 2009
3:54 pm

Here we go….I have been out all day working and I am STILL getting bashed….what is a person to do?

Thanks DB for trying to defend me. It never ceases to amaze me that some folks think a blog is meant to attack and not to share ideas we can actually use. I have mentioned this way too many times but who knows. What the heck does seeing anyone on this blog naked have to do with the topic? I am certain there are others ( here) whose naked figure would scare teens too! Guess those who meet for lunch will find this out!

@ Theresa…I think this qualifies as an attack???

@ Laurie, the flip side could be true for you…teens may very well be interested in you visually but IMHO you are not a lovely person or you would not have said that about anyone on the blog.

@ Wayne…please just skim over these silly posts. You seem to be a genuine person and I appreciate your pleasant spirit…MAYBE it will rub off on some who are heading towards coal in their stockings from Santa.

Regarding JG’s saying, I have never heard anyone else say this but always get a kick out of various sayings and phrases she shares. I love colloquialisms.

Today, we were singing a song about Christmas presents and the kids were to guess what to get certain folks in their family. I was giving clues and mentioned, “your Grandma carries this and puts her tissue, keys, money, and phone inside.” The kids guessed PURSE. One little Kindergartener mumbled, “I thought that was called a pocketbook.” I acknowledged that he was right but loved it, as his Mama probably calls it that! TOO CUTE!

Becky

December 9th, 2009
4:04 pm

@Laurie, you could send them my picture and trust me, it would scare them..Heck, it scares me to look in the mirror..BUT, haven’t you ever heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Therefore having never met MJG in person, just reading her post, I’m going with DB on this..She most likely is a lovely person..As has ben said before, I may not always agree with what she says, but I still enjoy reading her post..If I don’t have a lot of knowledge on things that people are talking about on here, I read and learn..

JJ, I think she probably is a real caring person that would fight tooth and nail to protect whatever is hers..

Jesses Girl, a smart, FUNNY person, that loves kids..

nurse&mother, her name says it all..Anyone (IMO) that is a nurse, has to be nice..

lakerat, a devoted family man that has very good children..

I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture..If I ticked anyone off, sorry..

deidre_NC

December 9th, 2009
4:10 pm

there are very few people i have read posts here from that i havent learned something from….many times the humor is the bright spot of my day. i wish people would stop bashing others and being mean. there is absolutely no need to be mean. if you dont like this blogs topics…leave…if you dont like a poster…dont read their posts…grrr

deidre_NC

December 9th, 2009
4:13 pm

i also wonder if there is ever really a meeting of ones on this blog…will people be as mean and hateful in real life and they are here hidden behind a screen?

motherjanegoose

December 9th, 2009
4:13 pm

@ becky…thanks for your support. I am pleased to have a FEW friends here LOL!

FYI…. I think Lakerat is a Mom….just clarifying…i am not positive.

@lakerat, I may be dumber than dumb ( as some consistently point out) but I do think I have your sex correct FEMALE…please confirm! If so, maybe I can move to the head of the class….NOT!

Wayne

December 9th, 2009
4:15 pm

Most of my day is spent working on email. I manage, amongst other duties! Many email boxes here where I work. What I’ve found is that it is really easy to say ’stuff’ via email, IM, or, in this case, blogs. Folks tend to be much braver in the written form then when they are face to face. It’s really easy to say something nasty when the person is somewhere else, isn’t it?

motherjanegoose

December 9th, 2009
4:29 pm

There you go Wayne….you managed to tie in the mean spirited comments directed towards me today to the topic: teens who do not realize that what they are showing or saying reflects on their character and may come back to haunt them….KUDOS TO YOU and YOU get to move to the head of the class! HAHAHA!

@ deidre, this is why I am not so sure how much fun it would be for all of us to get together….
I may prefer to take my chances on meeting folks one on one and staying in touch with them personally! So far, it has worked out great!

Michelle

December 9th, 2009
4:41 pm

MANY people will say things in writing, over the phone, etc. that they would NEVER say if the exchange was face to face. Passive/aggressive anyone?! LOL! Some people just do/say whatever because the likelihood of meeting in real life is very slim! For those who think it’s ok to be ugly, you NEVER know who you might meet. The world is a lot smaller than you think!

I find it is much easier to just be truthful and tactful. If you have an opinion that is useful (or at least not mean spirited) share it. Otherwise, just keep it to yourself! There is plenty of ugliness in the world, it doesn’t need to be here too!

And for the record, my picture probably would scare them too! It’s amazing what happens to a body after children (and lack of exercise!) :o)

I think the idea today is interesting especially since I have teenagers who text and have sexted in the past! I can’t see the commercial, so I didn’t make too many comments earlier! My opinion though…unless they get busted, or their best friend(s) get busted, they probably won’t stop!

I have one son who gets caught doing ANYTHING even remotely across the line (skipping school, cheating, drinking, sex, etc.) The other is MUCH sneakier and has been lucky. Has his brother getting into trouble taught him anything…NO…he still does the same stuff but usually gets away with it!

FCM

December 9th, 2009
4:46 pm

@ Becky….I will fill mine for you:

FCM – Mother of 2. Not afraid to speak her mind. Never takes herself to seriously. Highly demanding in all she does.

FCM

December 9th, 2009
5:01 pm

JJ – strong lady. Mom of 1. Always looking for the fun in life.

Becky — granparent to 2 (and adores them!). From a big family. She takes the good and bad, yet still walks away with a smile.

DB — enjoying her first year of “empty nesting”. Also enjoying the new phase of her life where is she is in an advisory capacity to her kids.

Theresa (yes the host)– a bit neurotic but I LOVE her. She is a mother hen to her brood. She is also the PTA Mom I love to hate! :)

JG — Girl I have no idea where to begin! We’ve had the board for nearly 4 years. Your crazy in a good way. Outspoken and blunt.

HB: SUPER NANNY! Has a unique perspective of having worked on raising many children. Very much into how kids see things.

MJG — (settle down. I am not attacking) — she is the eccentric Aunt. I suspect there maybe a screw loose in there somewhere. She is very proud of her son, her daughter, and herself. Wait a minute she will tell you. Still she has been on the sidewalk awhile so skip her rants and look for the meat in the post–she has worth while stuff to hear buried in there.

n & m — how do you do it? Being either is a big job but both!

catlady — single Mom of 3. Teacher in rural district. Very interesting perspective on kids.

diedre — probably the person I respect most. She has walked the block. Proud of you for going back to school!

Personally, I value all the people (yeah even though I gave up on “helping” MJG I still find value in her)—I do NOT put more value in anyone of them over the other with regard to what they say.

deidre_NC

December 9th, 2009
6:35 pm

wow @FCM ty for that…it means a lot!! @MJG i would love to meet you and if i get to atlanta for more than time to barely see my family i will try to arrange a lunch with you.
yes sometimes i skip parts of your posts…but i do that with books i love too !!! lol…i think most who post here are just fine…i just really dont see any reason to be mean. ever. not that i am not ever mean..but i always feel bad when i am…and i really try not to be. we never know where one has walked (except for mjg’s sidewalk :) ) and we never know why people feel as they do or act as they do. we all have issues of some kind…and people!! we are here by choice!!! let be nice…or say nothing!

deidre_NC

December 9th, 2009
6:40 pm

oh and on topic…i KNOW my son has sexted i just know it…my younger daughter says she hasnt and wouldnt…my older kids…not even gonna ask lol