The Importance of Teaching Kids Texting

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Kids TextingMy 9 and 10-year-old kids are learning to text. As a computer trainer, I’m happy to teach my kids texting! Here is a funny but telling conversation my daughter and I had!Carrie was staying home with a cough. I dropped off her brother at school, then stopped at the supermarket to pick up food and medicine for her.

Here’s our conversation:

7:44am Carrie: I’m watching you on Find My Friends**

8:02am Are you coming home yet?

8:03am ?

8:07am Hello? Are you there

8:15am Alicia Katz Pollock: I have to stop at the store to get ingredients for chicken and dumplings. Is there anything you want me to get for you today?

8:17am Carrie: Paula told me that that there was a key lime pie yogurt at Safeway, if you find some buy a few containers. They are the little containers

Her mom said they had them at Safeway

Alicia Katz Pollock:

You are on a Keylime kick!


Paula said it’s REALLY good

8:23am Did you find it

8:27am ???

8:28am Alicia Katz Pollock: When you text, you have to wait for an answer, not pester the sender

8:29am Carrie: Ok

Well, did you find it?

Alicia Katz Pollock: that is pestering

Carrie: Sorry

Alicia Katz Pollock: I’m not in that aisle yet, so be patient

8:33am Carrie: Tell me when you find it

Sorry, pestering

8:34am Alicia Katz Pollock: Go look up “pester” in your dictionary, then tell me what it says

8:37am Carrie: It says, pester to harass or annoy

Alicia Katz Pollock: Got it?

Carrie: Got what

Alicia Katz Pollock: Understand?

Carrie: Yes

Alicia Katz Pollock: Good. Thank you.

8:40 Carrie: In the dictionary it has the periodic table

8:41 Alicia Katz Pollock: That’s cool!

And yes, I got them!

Carrie: You got the key lime pie yogurt!

Alicia Katz Pollock: Yes




Why this matters

Note that with all my emphasis on technology, I thought it was important to send her to her paper copy of her dictionary. Technology is amazing for instant access to info, but it creates a narrow path that limits the larger context. I remember when I was a kid, I learned new words while skimming the pages looking for the one I needed. In this case, not only did Carrie learn a new word, but she found the science pages in the back of the book.

She also learned that texting doesn’t require an immediate answer, and it’s important to be patient when you communicate with others.

Now, I just need to work on her grammar and punctuation! I will fight the demise of the English language because of rapid technology, starting with my own children!


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