Saturday, October 24, 2009

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How to Stay Hip on Internet Lingo

by msnatali

"No Texting @ Dinner!” read a recent headline. The article is among the latest to highlight the digital divide between parents and their teens, and the stresses parents face when communicating with a plugged-in offspring: During the recent technology boom, texting has become a dominate form of communication for teens.

Technological advances have heightened the problem of typical teen self-absorption. Teens appear oblivious when it comes to how (turn off the phone!) and when to limit their texting or online activity. (No Facebook at Grandma’s. No picture messages from the funeral. No phone when someone is talking to you. Where does it end?)

Parents need to be the model of good manners, to teach by example. You can't model it if you aren't doing it. If your teen is texting, you need to get hip to online lingo. (You may even find that it is the quickest and easiest way to stay in touch -- and easiest way to model proper texting etiquette.)

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to bridging the digital divide with your teen via texting. Who knows, you may like it so much you even branch out to tweeting!

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