Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:49 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:49:20 GMT
How "tornado tough" is your kids' school? Why don't they have safe rooms and shelters? After what happened in Oklahoma, parents are asking those questions. Eyewitness News found one Indianapolis buildingMore >>
Eyewitness News found one Indianapolis building designed and built to survive some of the most powerful tornadoes. But why aren't schools being built to the same demanding standards?More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:37:18 GMT
We're getting a closer look Wednesday at what's left of the elementary school that took a direct hit in the Oklahoma tornado. The destruction at Plaza Towers Elementary School is staggering, and whenMore >>
The destruction at Plaza Towers Elementary School is staggering, and when you see the video, it's hard to believe so many students were rescued. It's scene like those that are forcing schools across Indiana to take a much closer look at how they're keeping students safe during tornadoes.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:31:29 GMT
Indianapolis Metro Police are on the scene of a vacant home in the 1500 block of English Ave. near Spruce St. That's on the Indianapolis southeast side. IMPD says they've been working with the FederalMore >>
Indianapolis Metro Police are on the scene of a vacant home in the 1500 block of English Ave. near Spruce St. That's on the Indianapolis southeast side.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:16:50 GMT
An Indianapolis teenager is in big trouble tonight for cyber bullying using her social media account. Several of her classmates say she threatened to beat up classmates, unless they paid her off. TheMore >>
Parents say a 13-year-old IPS student was threatening other students to give her money or get beat up.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:25 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:25:04 GMT
Two U.K. government officials say a brutal attack that left one man dead near a London military barracks appears to have been motivated by radical Islam. Two men apparently attacked another man near aMore >>
British police are investigating whether the murder of a man in London today was linked to terrorism. British media report the man was a soldier and Prime Minister David Cameron said there are "strong indications" it was terror-related. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:13 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:13:13 GMT
Setting off fireworks outside approved times and dates could cost residents a pretty penny in an Indianapolis suburb. The Fishers Town Council passed a fireworks ordinance last month that limits whenMore >>
Setting off fireworks outside approved times and dates could cost residents a pretty penny in an Indianapolis suburb.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:11 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:11:11 GMT
Indiana is pressing ahead with its search for a private company to finance and build a 21-mile section of the Interstate 69 extension that will eventually run from Evansville to Indianapolis. State officialsMore >>
Indiana is pressing ahead with its search for a private company to finance and build a 21-mile section of the Interstate 69 extension that will eventually run from Evansville to Indianapolis.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:01 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:01:31 GMT
After a quiet start to the week, things heat up today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Community Day. And the track has a lot of family-friendly events planned. Community Day is a fan favoriteMore >>
At noon, WTHR's crew took on the Media Pit Stop Challenge.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:57 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:57:23 GMT
Administrators and police are stepping up security at Pendleton Heights High School after a bomb threat was received for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013. "While the credibility of the threat has not been determined,More >>
Administrators and police are stepping up security at Pendleton Heights High School after a bomb threat was received for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:17 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:17:02 GMT
The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers open up the NBA's Eastern Conference final tonight with Game 1 in Miami. This is a series featuring two contrasting teams. The Heat, the defending league champions,More >>
The Pacers just finished up a rekindled playoff rivalry against the Knicks, and we may be seeing a new one against Miami - starting tonight!More >>
Indianapolis - Parents across the nation are looking over their kids' shoulders, trying to crack the code of text messaging.
Texting teens speak their own language. One of the common abbreviations they use - "POS" - means "Parent Over Shoulder." Teens' text alerts should also alert their parents. Professor Michael Hanley at Ball State says the average age of children getting cell phones is nine-and-a-half and one in five teens is trading or seeing sex photos on cell phones.
As for sex-filled text messages, or "sexting," about half the teens using cell phones are seeing those, Hanley says.
"That can get you in as much trouble as visual images," Hanley said.
Eyewitness News spoke with four students who all used cell phones. One student sends about 750 texts a day. They were already aware of the shorthand lingo and the red flag terms, like "ASL" for "age/sex/location," that parents should be aware of.
"There's a code," said one of the female students.
Other acronyms in the code include:
D46 - "Do you want to have sex?" LG6 - "Let's have sex" GNOC - "Get naked on camera" TDTM - "Talk dirty to me" LMIRL - "Let's meet in real life"
"I see those on Dateline," said senior Sho Rasouli, who doesn't think the codes are always innocent. "They can be very dangerous, actually."
A group of mothers at a baseball game Tuesday, however, didn't recognize the codes on the list.
"Kids as young as elementary school are probably doing this, because I hear fourth graders talking about it," said one of the mothers.
"It's really a matter of parents sitting down and communicating with their children, making them understand one small mistake now can lead to a much larger, long-term impact on their lives," said Professor Hanley.
Companies online offer software to help you monitor your child's cell phone use. Professor Hanley suggests starting with a good conversation.
Monday, May 20 2013 6:20 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:20:47 GMT
A 10-year-old Indianapolis girl had high hopes for Saturday's Lemonade Day, a day when kids get the chance to learn about running a small business. Morgen Morris, who was sponsored by WIBC Radio, scoredMore >>
But just an hour into selling glasses of Peachy-Keen lemonade for 75 cents a glass, an IMS employee put the brakes on Morgen Morris' stand.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:02:01 GMT
It's been 24 hours since news broke of a Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at the City-County Building confiscating files from the Indy Land Bank program. The federal investigation also led to the arrestMore >>
Mayor Ballard held a news conference this morning hoping to shine light on several significant construction projects going around the city this season. Instead, all anyone wanted to talk about was the federal investigation into the Land Bank program, what he knew, when and why he didn't say something sooner.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:55 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:55:33 GMT
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on. GarciaMore >>
Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods says it's time to move on.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:37:26 GMT
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement. St. Joseph SuperiorMore >>
A South Bend teenager who angered a judge by smirking during his sentencing for killing a 16-year-old boy has received the maximum time behind bars allowed under a plea agreement.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:56 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:56:01 GMT
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone. A call to a home phone this week showed up on the screen as "private name,More >>
Telemarketers are deploying new tactics to get your secret information - and all they have to do is get you to answer the phone.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:52 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:52:29 GMT
We've seen the damage from Oklahoma, hundreds of homes leveled. You have also seen those that survived a direct hit did so in a storm shelter. Storms shelters have not caught on in Indiana like otherMore >>
Storm shelters haven't caught on in Indiana like in some states along Tornado Alley, but more Hoosiers are making the investment to keep their families safe.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:44:57 GMT
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off. Zeller's stock has gone up considerably after his performance last week at the NBA Combine in Chicago.More >>
Cody Zeller's decision to leave Indiana University and head to the NBA looks like it may be paying off.More >>