Call me old-school, but I can’t quite bring myself to use the texting abbreviations that so many “young people” are using. I’m grateful that my smart phone can complete words, including punctuation, so my messages can form complete sentences.
But is this new evolution of communication, primarily among kids and teens all doom and gloom? Depends on how you look at it. Watch the TED Talk below about how texting is changing how we communicate. Seriously, watch it!
The TED Talk makes is clear that this is a bi-lingual development and that it doesn’t sound the end of Western Civilization… so what should you as a parent do? Here are my observations:
- Let it continue to happen – don’t try and change the texting language. You won’t succeed. Numbers aren’t on your side.
- Teach appropriate venues of communication – texting and essays are two different forms of communication and they need to be handled differently; just like there is a different way you talk with friends compared to how you talk to your parents (at least I HOPE there’s a difference there!)
- Know the slang – kids know when you’re confused about how they text. Know what they are saying by brushing up on your txt lingo. Here’s one of the best sites for parents that I frequent!
- Start texting your kids