Gr8 News! Texting Is Good for Kids

Friday, 30 Nov 2012 09:51 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Parents who roll their eyes at the cute abbreviations their kids use while texting on may want to think again.

A new study has found that the use of such terms as LOL, Gr8 and B4 — “laugh out loud,’’ “great’’ and “before’’ for those not in the know — can actually improve reading skills.

The British Department of Education study, reported in the Daily Telegraph, concludes that cell phone use requires a “certain degree of phonological awareness.’’

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And that awareness may increase the standards used in the written work that youngsters do in school, such as essays and creative writing.

In addition, students who write blogs and use Facebook and Twitter believe they are “significantly better’’ writers than those who don’t.

The study also unveiled a separate analysis of students, ages 10-12, that showed “evidence of a positive relationship between use of ‘textisms’ and word reading ability”.

“This may be explained by the fact that use of textisms requires a certain degree of phonological awareness,” said the study. “Other evidence has also found a positive relationship between textisms and spelling.”

Earlier this year, a study by Coventry University knocked down worries that kids may be dumbing themselves down by spending so much time on their cell phones.

The study said was “no evidence’’ that young people who are heavy cell phone users had any less proficiency in language development that those who weren’t.

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