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Carlton writes:

Why do you text?

Ruff replies:

I text because it's lots of fun, and it's a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. But I never text while driving!

Annie, age 5, writes:

Hi my name is Annie. My sister is Sally. My mom says Sally and I are big distractions when we are driving. I also love unicorns.

Ruff replies:

Annie, if your mom says you and your sister distracting in the car, then you should probably ask her what you should (or shouldn't) do so that you are NOT a distraction. Also, I will add that although I, too, have a fondness for unicorns, they are VERY DISTRACTING to have in the car with you.

Abbi, age 8, writes:

My mom and dad text while driving, but my parents always keep their eyes on the road. What do I do?

Ruff replies:

The problem is, Abbi, if they're texting while driving, they really AREN'T keeping their eyes on the road. Take a look at my answer to Skylarj just above for some hints on what you can do.

Sumaya, age 7, writes:

Sometimes I see people not driving safe on the highway. What should I do? My parents always drive safe.

Ruff replies:

There are two things to do. First, thank your parents for being such good drivers! Second, if you notice someone else texting and driving, or just not driving well, tell your driver, so that he or she knows to pay special attention to that other person.

Justin writes:

Is there a way to drive and multitask in order to be safe?

Ruff replies:

The only way to do this is to NOT DO THEM AT THE SAME TIME. Drive now, multitask later!

Emmy, age 9, writes:

Hey Ruff! My mom never ever drives and texts!

Ruff replies:

Yay, Mom!

Ariana, age 10, writes:

I think it is a horrible idea to text and drive. My dad does it a lot, so I sometimes take his phone away and use it myself. Do you say that it is okay for passengers to use phones or not?

Ruff replies:

Ariana, it is definitely okay for passengers to use phones and text — as long as they don't distract the driver. (And as long as the passengers get permission from their parents.)

Lely, age 9, writes:

Do you make videos of yourself dancing?

Ruff replies:

Of course I do! That's how I have perfected all my dance moves like "Noodle Arms" and the "Mega Tail Wag" — not to mention my patented "I Just Tripped And Fell Headfirst Into The Cheese Dip But Will Keep On Dancing Anyway To Make It Look Like It Was On Purpose" move!

Gaby, age 10, writes:

Are you and Blossom really good cat and dog friends?

Ruff replies:

(I will answer this question in code, so Blossom can't tell what I'm saying.) Hello, Gaby! (Hello, Gaby!) What? Friends with a cat? How ridiculous! (Yes, we are friends — despite the fact that Blossom is a cat.) Now, it is true that dogs and cats can SORT OF get along okay. (Blossom is a big help in all that I do.) But REALLY GOOD CAT AND DOG FRIENDS? That's just going too far. (So, I'd say that we ARE really good dog and cat friends. Shh...)

Arthur, age 10, writes:

Hey, Ruff Ruffman, is listening to music while driving called Distracted Driving?

Ruff replies:

Arthur, listening to music is totally fine — but fumbling with your radio or music player is not. The driver should let someone else do that. Oh, and you shouldn't listen to "The Distracting Song," which goes like this: "disTRACTing! disTRACTing! This song is quite disTRACTing! Dis Dis Dis Dis TRACT TRACT TRACT TRACT ING! ING! ING! ING!" It's catchy — but also very distracting!

Diamond writes:

Is it bad to stay up all night and text?

Ruff replies:

It's probably not a good idea, Diamond. The one time I did that (I was up VERY late getting fashion tips from my cousin Helga), I slept through my entire video shoot the next day. The result? An episode of "Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius" called "Snoring and You" — which will NOT be shown anytime soon.

Mad, age 7, writes:

What do you do when someone texts you and you don't know who it's from?

Ruff replies:

That could be different things. It could be someone you know, but you don't have their contact in your phone. Or it could be a "wrong number." Or somebody could be trying to be sneaky: even if the text says, "Hi, this is John," you can't really be sure. Whatever the case, don't answer it until you know who it really is. (You can ask an adult to help you with that part.)

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