Texting Networks Bring Anonymous Help to Troubled Teens

Mobile Commons

Almost three-quarters of teens have access to a smartphone, and 80 percent of them say a phone number for texting is the first thing they share with new friends, according to the Pew Research Center Teens Relationships Survey.

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Anonymous SMS Program Allows Teens to Report Bullying at Schools

Mobile Commons

Since younger generations are glued to their phones, the program brings a double threat to bullying because of its ability to provide immediacy and anonymity within student’s most trusted comfort zone – their cell phones. Text messaging is a powerful tool to help teens in crisis.

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DoSomething.org CEO Nancy Lublin’s TED Talk on a Teen Crisis SMS Hotline

Mobile Commons

In a new TED Talk, DoSomething.org CEO Nancy Lublin unveils a world-changing idea: a text crisis hotline for teens. Lublin is working to launch a service where teens can text in their urgent issues and receive immediate help from a counselor – and it’s all powered by Mobile Commons. “I

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The Hottest New Mobile Device is a “Dumb Phone”

Mobile Commons

If you’ve been following the news from the Mobile World Congress (and who hasn’t), you may notice the big buzz has all been around an old phone. The last time we saw the Nokia 3310, Bill Clinton was still president, and all the phone did was take phone calls and allow for text messaging.

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National Cancer Institute’s SmokefreeTXT Has Doubled Quit Rates Among Teens

Mobile Commons

The National Cancer Institute’s SmokefreeTXT smoking cessation campaign has more than doubled quit rates among teens, according to a recent article in Politico. That may not sound great — but it’s way higher than the typical quit rate for teens, which is around 2 to 3 percent.

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What Do the Reading Habits of Teens Have to Do With Your Donor Acquisition Strategy?

Connection Cafe

It becomes harder and harder to stop looking at email, stop texting, or stop checking your cell phone to see if you have a message or a new text.”*. By Scott Gilman : Louisville Cardinals, horse racing, nonprofits, music, movies, various rants. Find Scott On Twitter. .

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The Hottest New Mobile Device is a “Dumb Phone”

Mobile Commons

If you’ve been following the news from the Mobile World Congress (and who hasn’t), you may notice the big buzz has all been around an old phone. And now the classic is back: HMD rolled out a suite of new Nokia phones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, including a relaunch of the 3310 that capitalizes on ‘dumb phone’ nostalgia.” Teens today can do that before breakfast). The new phones will still be Paleolithic by iPhone standards.

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Texting Teen Mentees for Better Communication

NTEN

Although kids all carry cell phones and use them constantly, they use them in a different way than adults tend to use them. For 15 years, the small staff of the HOWA Family Center has worked to enrich lives through mentoring for children, families and communities. read more

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Teens Don’t Use Email Anymore – So Text Them!

Mobile Commons

So if teens aren’t checking their email, how do you reach them? You’ll probably get a response before you even put your phone back into your pocket. More and more reports are showing the same thing: young people just don’t use email anymore. The latest news comes from comScore. Their recent report on 2010 digital trends shows that total web email usage is down 8% in the past year — and down 59% among people between the ages of 12 and 17.

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Why Are So Many Participatory Experiences Focused on Teens?

Museum 2.0

Over the past year, I've noticed a strange trend in the calls I receive about upcoming participatory museum projects: the majority of them are being planned for teen audiences. Why are teens over-represented in participatory projects? Teens are not the only people with stories to tell.

Apps for Youth, By Youth

Tech Soup Blog

Windows Phone) is a point-of-care smartphone application that addresses child mortality rates by lack of detection and availability of treatment for malaria. Khan Academy (Windows Phone, iPad) is a nonprofit on a mission to change education.

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Using Data to Change the World: How DoSomething.Org Does It

Tech Soup Blog

DoSomething.org has a big social change goal: To harness teenage energy and unleash it through national campaigns on causes teens care about. Their measurable goal is to get 5 million active teen members engaged in social change campaigns by 2015.

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Nonprofits Live: Gaming Recap

Tech Soup Blog

Games command an audience of 97 percent of teens and and 60 percent of women, according to Pew and Nielsen reports. online community mobile phone games mobile phones nplive gamingGaming was the focus of this edition of Nonprofits Live (NPLive).

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5 Social Media Stats That’ll Help Your Nonprofit Understand Audiences

TechImpact

And what’s this I hear about teens leaving Facebook for other social networks, is this true? 76% of Tumblr and 74% of Instagram users are teens. We know our audiences are out there on social media.

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Hey Nonprofits: Here Comes Gen Z Donors

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

These potential donors are teens (and pre-teens) with a passion for social change and who grew up not knowing what it was like to not to have a cell phone or be connected to Facebook. These potential donors are teens (and pre-teens) with a passion for social change and who grew up not knowing what it was like to not to have a cell phone or be connected to Facebook. … Read More Fundraising

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TechSoup Hosts Hackathon for Youth Health

Tech Soup Blog

With 93 percent of teens online, 80 percent using social media, and 87 percent sleeping with their phones nearby – technology was a key option to helping find a solution. causes data nonprofits mobile phones apps youth youth health ISIS Sex Tech ConferenceISIS , an online sexuality information service for youth, kicked off its recent Sex Tech Conference by hosting its first ever Hackathon for Youth Health.

Two-Way Text Messaging: Interacting with Your Mobile Subscribers in One-on-One Conversations

Mobile Commons

Text messaging encourages customers efficient communications and eliminates common issues such as mishearing an agent’s response or having to write down a piece of information while on the phone.

Crisis Text Line Uses SMS Data Mining to Save Lives

Mobile Commons

Crisis Text Line (CTL), a subsidiary of DoSomething.org , uses text messaging to provide safe, anonymous chat services to teens in crisis. While data collection is a byproduct of CTL’s main objective—to help teens in need—it is useful because it allow researchers to access valuable data.

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Big Data Without Defining Success First Is A Big Mistake

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

DoSomething.org has a big hairy social change goal: To harnesses teenage energy and unleash it on causes teens care about by launching a national campaign. It was a text campaign where teens opted in to receive texts on their mobile phones from the “baby.”

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Breaking Down the FAFSA with SMS Drives Higher Enrollment

Mobile Commons

90% of teenagers own a cell phone, and the average teen texts 181 times per day. A text message offering step-by-step support on how to complete applications, delivered right into the teens pocket, can make all the difference.  How text messaging works for college admissions.

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Everyday Innovation: Using Technology to Improve Your Services

Frogloop

In one example that’s elegant in its simplicity, a staff member at a small organization observed that, while all the teens in a mentoring program carried cell phones and used them frequently, few would answer phone calls or emails.

The Art of Relevance Sneak Peek: Part Ex-Con, Part Farmer, Part Queen

Museum 2.0

FoodWhat's staff and teens have taught me a lot about what it really means to be relevant to people who are often overlooked or ignored. FoodWhat empowers teens to change their lives through farming and food justice. It’s not a lot, but still, money is a huge motivator for these teens.

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Three Easy Ways to Grow Your Mobile List

Mobile Commons

By adding a field for a mobile phone number to your existing web forms, you can make it even easier for people to join your mobile list in addition to receiving email updates. You can never have too many mobile subscribers!

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4 Ways Text Messaging Builds Safer Communities

Mobile Commons

3) Texting for Teens in Crisis. When you’re a teenager, fear and embarrassment can often silence a lot of teens who should be speaking up. Fortunately, there’s an organization that listens to what teens have to say, no matter the issue.

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Marketing for Every Moment of the Student Engagement Lifecycle

Connection Cafe

Nearly 2/3 of teens use social media to inform their college decision. The average smartphone conversion rate is up 64%—this means that people are making decisions to fill out forms, download more information, and buy things all from their phones. If your site still requires someone to sit in front of a laptop for the best experience, you’ll shed all but the most motivated mobile phone users. Higher education marketers have herculean missions!

Four Steps to Driving College Enrollment with SMS

Mobile Commons

Text messaging provides a way for colleges and universities to reach out to teens on the device they use most—their mobile phones – and get them to take action. Did you know college enrollment has fallen for the first time in 15 years?

Mobile Commons Launches New Health Care Edition – Mobile Commons for Health

Mobile Commons

Working with Planned Parenthood , we’ve seen mobile messages provide personal answers for teens’ difficult questions. All of that occurs in a cost-efficient, logistically simple manner – especially when compared to other types of direct intervention, such as phone calls or in-patient care.

How Should YOU Be Using Mobile? Let These 4 Organizations Be Your Guide

Mobile Commons

1) DoSomething.Org Keeps Teens Informed & Stress-Free DoSomething.org is a global organization that helps young people bring about social change. DoSomething.org saw that stress was a huge problem for teens today. This post originally appeared on Salsa Labs’ blog.

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Reflections from Social Good Brasil and a New Word: PhilanthroTeen!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Teens As Free Agents. One of things immediately struck me – the crowd was filled with younger people – teens, college students, and millennials who want to use the technology and do social change on their own terms.

The New Yorker Highlights the Power of Crisis Text Line

Mobile Commons

Why text messaging works so well to help teens in need. The average teenager sends almost two thousand text messages per month and uses text messaging to speak with their friends more so than in phone calls, over email, on instant messaging platforms, or in face-to-face interactions.

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Millennials: How to Gain the Loyalty of Younger Generations

Connection Cafe

It might seem scary that the future of the nonprofit sector will soon be in the hands of teens and college graduates who seem to only care about whatever is displayed on the screen of their smartphone or tablet. The Statistics: Generation Y gives 62% through their mobile phones.

National Cancer Institute and Mobile Commons for Health – A Press Roundup

Mobile Commons

“The National Cancer Institute is enlisting SMS for a far-reaching program targeting teens and young adults with messages designed to help them quit smoking.” NCI officials say they hope that connecting with teen smokers on their phones, they’ll improve the quit rate.” “Teens and young adults can participate in the SmokefreeTXT campaign by signing up online or by texting “QUIT” to 47848.”

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United We Dream Uses Texting to Turn 3 Voices into Thousands

Mobile Commons

When United We Dream wanted to mobilize their new base, they sent out a text message to their mobile list, which encouraged them to flood politicians’ offices with phone calls supporting more humane immigration policies.

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5 Little Known Features of Text Messaging Campaigns

Mobile Commons

Everyone knows how to send a text message from a mobile phone. 1) You don’t need to be near a phone to send a text message. You don’t need to be near a phone to send a text message.

Four Steps to Driving College Enrollment with SMS

Mobile Commons

Text messaging provides a way for colleges and universities to reach out to teens on the device they use most—their mobile phones – and get them to take action. Did you know college enrollment has fallen for the first time in 15 years?

The Pregnancy Text Campaign Won a Smarty!

Mobile Commons

Pregnancy Text was part of DoSomething.org’s initiative to fight teen pregnancy. We won a Smarty! Last night, the Mobile Marketing Association held its annual Smarties Awards – honoring the best mobile campaigns from across the globe.

Four Ways to Build Healthier Communities with Text Messaging

Mobile Commons

People are more likely to take action sooner and keep their health in check if they receive relevant information instantly on their phones. Planned Parenthood’s live chat text hotline allows teens to anonymously text in questions and concerns about their sexual health to a health educator. Teens are able to receive important sexual health information directly on their phones without drawing attention to themselves.

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Send Pictures Over MMS, Just like Sending Text Messages

Mobile Commons

You can also send picture messages to your subscribers’ phones. Thousands of teens sent in images of their artwork. If a picture is worth a thousand words – how much more valuable is that in the world of mobile messaging, when every character counts?

Create Real-Time Text Chat Through Our LivePerson SMS Integration

Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons has integrated their software into our system, so you can chat with people on their mobile phones. For one example, Planned Parenthood has created a text chat “hotline” for teens to send in their sexual health questions. By providing the immediacy of chat with the anonymity of text messaging, Planned Parenthood can give teens vital information about an embarrassing subject in a way that’s convenient for them.

Help High School Graduates Attend College with Summer Text Message Programs

Mobile Commons

Sending timely text reminders encourages teens to complete tasks right away rather than putting them off until later. The college application process offers schools an easy way to reach students and ask for consent to send text messages to their cell phones.

Kids and Kickstarter: The Rise of PhilanthroKids and Kid Crowdfunding!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Charlotte, A Young Teen, Helping To Save Horse Farm Through A Kick Starter Campaign. The question for nonprofits is – how can you leverage and empower teens and preteens to be philanthropists for your organization’s cause?

How SMS Chat Saves Time, Money and Peace of Mind

Mobile Commons

91% of adults own mobile phones, and 85% of them use them for texting. In 2010, they set up a text chat “hotline” for teens to send in their sexual health questions. Mobile technology has lent a big hand in changing the healthcare industry’s landscape.

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Four Steps to Driving College Enrollment with SMS

Mobile Commons

Text messaging provides a way for colleges and universities to reach out to teens on the device they use most—their mobile phones – and get them to take action. SMS is an effective way to engage teens, capture information, and effectively communicate with prospective students to drive enrollment. You can even grow your mobile list by asking teens to text in the phone numbers of a few friends they think might be interested in your college with our Tell-A-Friend feature.