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How to decode teen chat & texting

by LaurettaCWright
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I read an interesting article in the Metro paper the other morning – about how to decode teens’ text talk and social media chat

It’s a worrying time for any parent when their children start growing up and taking more of an interest in things like social media, chat rooms and texting, so thank goodness for guides to help us make some sense of coded messages.

My favourite? PAW – parents are watching. I would never have guessed that one!

Changing the subject slightly, I actually think kids have it a lot harder these days. And in this respect I really feel sorry for them. I can’t let my ten and eight-year old go off to the park together without me – there are all sorts of dangers they might face – from crossing a busy road to getting picked on by teens to being exposed to colourful language they don’t yet understand.

And yet ool, playing in the woods or just hanging out with other kids in the road playing marbles or some other innocent game!

There were no computers or iPads to distract us and we were quite happy playing outside and getting lots of fresh air.

Nowadays kids are kept in most of the time after school or at weekends (funny how there has been a rise in Vitamin D deficiency in kids) other than to be taken to some after-school club or organised event.

And while I’m on the subject of feeling sorry for kids these days, what about the pressure from school?

I’m specifically referring to primary school children and the amount of homework and work they are expected to do. It’s getting ridiculous.

I mean, I work full time and when my work ends for the day, I have their daily homework to look forward to – and it is EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

Until I got to secondary school, I don’t remember getting any homework at all. After school was play time, tea time, bath then bed, while weekends were spent relaxing.

So I’ve jumped on the bandwagon with this (I’m thinking long term) and taking into account that when it’s time for my kids to go to uni (if they decide to go) they’ll be competing with thousands of other kids for places.

And when they go for job interviews, having ‘just a degree’ won’t cut the mustard. They’ll need to stand out in some other way.

So, every week I do extra work with them and I’ll challenge them in other ways to get their creative juices going. It’s the least I can do for now.

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