By: Carolina Pichardo
This week is all about grammar and writing with teachers/schools everywhere celebrating “National Words Matter Week.”
Although literacy in our country has always suffered, the use of social media hasn’t made it any better. Kids continue to change the look and use of language through social media. Most have shifted it to be a tool without much structure or basis, and the simplicity of a well-written sentence seems to depend on the eye of the beholder.
It’s not their fault.
It’s our fault.
Our society has placed all the power on the medium – the latest technologies, programs or apps – and forgot that true power exists in the writing/words.
The former wouldn’t exist without the human need for the latter – to communicate.
This is especially true when most kids are unveiling it all through Facebook and Twitter, and writing things like – “omg dat was too funy.”
Although this sample will probably prompt a few of the youngsters on my page to delete me, it’s a reminder for parents to get on your game and pay close attention (red pen not necessary) to what your kids write and how they write it.
We need to teach our kids the power of a written expression and how to communicate well, whether on a page, text or status update.
YUM To-Do: My daughter and I recite poetry, lyrics or articles to each other from time to time. Since my daughter is a natural Drama Queen, it flows well with her. My only advice to parents is to keep it short and simple. Kids tend to anticipate that whatever we pick will be immensely boring. My daughter is already sighing and shifting in her seat before I begin to read. Once it’s their turn to read their selection, make sure they have the freedom to do what they want. My daughter has done everything from Lady Gaga and Supremes to Twilight movie verses. It doesn’t matter. What does matter, however, is that they’re able to perform the words on paper and see the impact they could have on the world through it.
Young Urban Moms’ co-founder, Carolina Pichardo, is a digital marketer by day, writer and community activist by night, and mom to Lulu always. You can reach her firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @c_pichardo.