Thursday, May 17, 2012
Text/Instant Messaging 2: Would You PASS?
Let’s go back into time when you were an adolescent/teenager. How did we communicate with our parents, friends, family members and general people? We surely did not have cell phones; well at least the vast majority of us did not have one. May be a pager (BLEEP: BLEEP) but that’s about it, heck we just made the era of call waiting, 3-way call and caller ID. Caller ID/Call waiting still did not come for some time after that. We had the opportunity to play around with e-mail in our early teenage years, but communicating then is nothing of how it is now. If you were one of the ones to have a cell phone for this blog’s sake well just call you FORTUNATE. My oldest daughter is 9 years old getting ready to turn 10. I have been up in arms about getting her a cell phone. It almost seems as if I can’t go without getting her one. She has a very active life in which I am apart of 100%, so I just have to decide YES or NO.com THE END.. My job passed out these text/instant messaging quizzes and of COURSE I FAILED. I only knew the ones I taught my mother because she is in dinosaur times RIGHT? WRONG? After taking this quiz I am in dinosaur times myself. I think I may have made it through like 15 of the 65. Please don’t think there are only 65 codes.
REALLY? I went on several websites listed on the paper to find that there are hundreds of codes. I am treading DEEP WATERS trying to keep up. Looking at all the codes out there I need a weekly training to keep up.
I think as PARENTS we are obligated to keep up with what our children are getting involved in. There is a time and a place to be a parent and a place and time to be a FRIEND. When it comes to the safety of our children we should be parents 210% and more of the time.
Depending on your age if you were asked how you communicated as a teenager would defer from the teenagers in 2012. The overall percentage of teen’s texting is 75%. This simply tells me that this is one of the most used forms of communicating for teenagers today. Check out the list below on a few text/instant messaging lingos. How many did you get right? Be sure to leave a comment in the comment area and let us know.