Literacy Skills enhanced by Technology

May 21, 2010

Children who blog, text or use social networking websites have better writing skills than those who do not, according to research from the National Literacy Trust.

A survey of 3001 children aged 9-16 found:

• 24% had their own blog
• 82% sent text messages at least once a month.
• 73% used instant messaging services to chat online with friends.
• However, 77% still put real pen to paper to write notes in class or do their school homework.
• Of the children who neither blogged nor used social network sites, 47% rated their writing as “good” or “very good”, while 61% of the bloggers and 56% of the social networkers said the same.

The research shows a strong correlation between kids using technology and wider patterns of reading and writing. Far from damaging literacy, the results show that the more forms of communications children use the stronger their core literary skills.

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