Text messaging: Don't Get Mad, Get Creative

Written by Erin Jansen

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"I see it as another opportunity to teach and learn," said a junior high teacher. Because texting is infiltrating students' schoolwork to such a large degree, this kind of teaching is needed.

The fact is kids are saying they are so accustomed to IM abbreviations (instant messaging), that they read right pass them when editing their schoolwork. This indicates their ability to separate formal and informal English is declining.

If educators choose to react with alarm or dismay, or try to stifle it, or call this type of writing rude (it is not rude), they are dismissing an important opportunity to work withrepparttar student. This type of response isrepparttar 107944 wrong response, especially fromrepparttar 107945 teens' point of view.

I advocate turningrepparttar 107946 issue of texting into a positive. For example, establish a dialogue aboutrepparttar 107947 evolution of language and use examples such as Shakespeare's delight in creating new words. This helps them seerepparttar 107948 broader picture and creates an environment of respect.

Teenagers have long pushedrepparttar 107949 boundaries of spoken language, now they are pushingrepparttar 107950 boundaries of written language. It remains to be seen if text shorthand is just a fad. To me it is a cousin ofrepparttar 107951 acronym, which has been widely used inrepparttar 107952 government, business and technology sectors for decades.

Let's also not forget that youths likerepparttar 107953 feeling of knowing something that not everyone knows and sharing that with their friends. Rememberrepparttar 107954 Internet and online communication is very real for them, they don't see it as a technological revolution…they're actively using it everyday.

I challenge parents and educators to learn and know as much as they do about computers and high-tech gadgets. I'd sayrepparttar 107955 learning curve for feeling comfortable usingrepparttar 107956 Internet and understandingrepparttar 107957 online lingo is pretty steep for many adults.

Whereas for teenagers, also knows as screenagers, they've grown up or they're growing up with this technology that involves looking at a computer screen instead of just a television screen. In a sense they are helping create a new lingo and style of writing and that's empowering for them. So you see texting is an important part of their culture.

The Internet represents a new frontier, a place where you can set asiderepparttar 107958 rules, especiallyrepparttar 107959 rules of grammar and punctuation, and instead create your own descriptive phrases and styles of expression to give feeling in what is essentially a two-dimensional written world. And therein liesrepparttar 107960 popularity ofrepparttar 107961 emoticon :-)

Another way to look at texting is to think of it as an accent; a written accent. Teenagers have gotten comfortable with this kind of typing and now in school, they're not paying attention. It's just like with a spoken accent: You live somewhere long enough, you pick uprepparttar 107962 accent, and you don't even pay attention to it.

So don't get mad, get creative and work together! It's that kind of response we'd rather teach our children anyway now isn't it? Erin Jansen is an expert in online communication. She isrepparttar 107963 author and publisher of "NetLingo The Internet Dictionary" (ISBN: 0970639678) and "NetLingo.com" a Top 1000 Web site as ranked by Google. Erin frequently speaks and writes about online culture and technology trends. Register for her "Newsletter of New Internet Terms" at NetLingo.com

Erin Jansen is co-creator of NetLingo.com, the popular, award winning, Internet Dictionary on the Web; now published in print form. She holds a Masters in Industrial Psychology from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors in Psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Her complete Biography can be found on the site at www.netlingo.com

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