More than 1 in 6 boys use text message language at school, research finds

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18th December 2014 16:09 - Education

A recent study of 30,000 children, who were between 8 and 16 and attending school, has shown that more than 1 in 6 primary school boysare using text message abbreviations in the classroom. Some of the most common slang used in primary schools are: “lol”, “l8r”, “b4” and “gr8”.

The research has emerged during a time of ever-growing fears that the standard of literacy in the UK is slipping.

The research also found that males are more likely to use incorrect grammar and spelling.

The National Literacy Trust has attributed these findings to technology, and the notion that male pupils use technology more than females.

Experts have also attributed technology, mobile technology and social media in particular, to the deteriorating literacy skills.

It was also found that female pupils were more likely to write outside of school as a hobby.

The research uncovered that 32% of female pupils admitted to writing outside of school hours every day. Of the boys, just 21% claimed to write out of school.

The survey also revealed that 20% of males in school would be embarrassed if their peers witnessed them writing. Just 12% of girls felt the same.

The percentage of children using text language within their written work was 13%. Of the boys in the sample, 15% admitted to using text abbreviations, whereas, just 13% of girls claimed to use at school.

An alternative study found a range of text colloquialisms were making their way into GCSE exams responses.

However, in 2010, the Department of Health refuted the idea that technology is damaging the UK’s literacy skills, claiming that using a mobile phone required phonological knowledge and so the quality of children’s literacy may increase.

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