Are you fed up, like me, with kids who can only speak or write in chatspeak?
Kids whose grammar consists of 99% “like you know” and 1 percent…actual intelligent conversation?
I know I am! Chatspeak is utterly banned in my household. In many cases, today’s generation writes on a level that wouldn’t be accepted in the Kindergarten of my youth, let alone grown-up adult conversation.
I’m not the only parent who hates chatspeak – other discussions about it include:
- Why Internet Slang Is a Huge Problem
- Scottish Girl Writes Whole Essay In Chatspeak
- English, Chatspeak, Newspeak
- Deterioration of the English Language
Personally, I think chatspeak by itself encourages your brain cells to die. Why should they be active if they’re only used to communicate on a level that would make a fossilized clam laugh? You can see chatspeak examples for yourself at:
Utterly dismal it is.
Anywhos, let’s get to the topic of this post – if you want your children to learn creative writing that actually is capable of influencing one’s emotions, here are some great sites:
- About.com Creative Writing
- Web English Teacher – Creative Writing
- Kids on the Net Creative Writing
- Let’s Get Creative
- DMoz Creative Writing
- 10 Tips for Novice Creative Writers
The ability to communicate clearly and coherently is a skill that will be valuable long past your child has graduated! Do your kids a favor and ban chatspeak – it will only drag them down into the gutter where they truly DON’T belong.
ps – some neat creative writing goodies are: