Make the right decisions when choosing how and what to communicate.
Identify situations in which waiting until you are face-to-face with someone is a better way to communicate than sending a text or message that may be taken the wrong way.
Itʼs easy to misunderstand
Young people use different types of communication for different kinds of interaction, but messages sent via chat and text can be interpreted differently than they would in person or over the phone.
Have you ever been misunderstood in text? For example, have you ever texted a joke and your friend thought you were being serious – or even mean?
Have you ever misunderstood someone else in a text or chat? What did you do to help clarify the communication? What could you do differently?
Letʼs take a look at these sample text messages on the board. Your children probably have great examples too, so let’s write some more to discuss.
- “Thatʼs so cool”
- “Iʼm so mad at you”
- “CALL ME NOW”
- “Kk fine”
Read messages out loud Now
For each message, you are going to ask your children to read it aloud in a specific tone of voice (e.g., ).
What do you notice? How might these come across to other people? How might each “message sender” better communicate what they really mean?
It can be hard to understand how someone is really feeling when youʼre reading a text. Be sure you choose the right tool for your next communication – and that you donʼt read too much into things that people say to you online. If you are unsure what the other person meant, find out by talking with them in person or on the phone.