Phew! Just seen this BBC NEWS report.
Text speak, rather than harming literacy, could have a positive effect on the way children interact with language, says a study.
Researchers from Coventry University studied 88 children aged between 10 and 12 to understand the impact of text messaging on their language skills.
They found that the use of so-called “textisms” could be having a positive impact on reading development.
The study is published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology.
“Children’s use of textisms is not only positively associated with word reading ability, but it may be contributing to reading development”, the authors wrote in the report.