Same Lines, Different Meanings
Activity: Teach your tween to reread their texts or posts out loud in several different ways before hitting send.
When we hear what we’ve written, we can better imagine how it could be perceived by someone else. Try putting the emphasis on different words, reading it in a different tone, reading it with no inflection, and reading it while smiling. Does it still make sense to hit “send”?
Maybe the text or post needs some editing. Or maybe what you have to say works best being said in person. Taking the time to PAUSE and reflect on what’s been written might help avoid misunderstandings and miscommunications!