I recently found a piece online about children’s spelling and SMS in anglophone India:
“We have learnt to accept the fact that kids will remain hooked on the mobile phone, of which SMS-ing is an integral part. We are devising ways to help them strike a balance between the formal language that they are expected to write in their answer scripts and the SMS language,” said T H Ireland, principal, St James School.
We’ve talked about SMS and texting here on a few previous occasions. This is something new, though.
Before I got my iPhone, I made an effort to have correct spelling and grammar in my text messages. The iPhone makes that even easier, just as it makes everything in your life easier.
But I’ve developed a bit of a bad habit. The iPhone corrects your spelling, especially when contractions are involved, so I now type “dont” and “im” and “thats” with the knowledge that it will turn into “don’t” “I’m” or “that’s” as I type it.
This hasn’t quite affected my life away from my iPhone (which pretty much consists of my sleeping hours ;-)). Then again, the readers of this blog and I tend to be an exception to the rule and not the norm.
I know a lot of you are teachers, and plenty more of you have elementary school-aged kids. Have you seen “SMSese” and text-speak affecting kids’ writing?