Feeds

Report finds texting a 'valid educational tool'

Dayly txts hlp kids read n rite

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Kids who frequently use mobile phone text abbreviations are unlikely to be bad at spelling or lack reading skills, a new British study has claimed.

Dr Clare Wood, Reader in Developmental Psychology at Coventry University, studied the use of “textisms” – abbreviations such as ‘plz’ and ‘hmwrk’ — by a group of kids aged between eight and 12 over the course of one academic year.

Texting “appears to be a valuable form of contact with written English for many children, which enables them to practise reading and spelling on a daily basis,” Wood concluded.

“If we are seeing a decline in literacy standards among young children, it is in spite of text messaging, not because of it.”

Frequent texting also helps develop a child’s phonological awareness – their ability to detect, isolate and manipulate patterns of sound in speech — the report added.

Unsurprisingly, the report also found that the frequency of texting terminology in speech increases with up the age range, from just 21 per cent in school year four to 47 per cent in year six. Wood attributed this to the fact that more sophisticated literacy skills are needed for texting use.

Lessons in text message speech are unlikely to become a mandatory part of the national curriculum. However, Wood is confident that further research will help teachers and parents recognise “the potential to use text-based exercises to engage children in phonological awareness activities”. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop
Web giant looking into why version 5.0 of Android is crippling older slabs
All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing
Only another three days of pooing and I can have a ride!
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
The IT Crowd's internet in a box gets $240k of crowdcash for a cause
'Outernet' project proposes satellite-fuelled 'Lantern' WiFi library for remote areas
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.