The purpose of this book is to guide our young students into proper netiquette practices when on cell phones and online. Many times students come to teachers in class after having had spats over a communication between themselves. In most cases, one or more of the involved students completely misunderstood the other person’s meaning - and that was with the benefit of seeing the person’s facial expressions. Now move the communication into the written word. Students become completely surprised to hear that putting a sentence in all capital letters into a word processor or online is taken as yelling. Online communication can be much more unforgiving than communication in person where there is no benefit of facial expressions and body language.
Piano and Laylee get into a similar misunderstanding because, in their excitement to text message, they forget to be clear in their messages. The less clear students’ messages become, the more capital letters they seem to use in an effort to get their point across. Then the students become more and more angry. Our children need to learn patience with text messaging. The necessity to learn patience is not a new thought, is it? However, in context of cell phone and online communication, it is a new medium through which we need to teach our students the benefit of patience.
This is yet another extension of everyday good manners and common sense that our children need to learn their application in the technology available today.
Big Idea for the Child to Think About:
Why is it important to be polite when text messaging?