Dear anonymous kids on facebook;
I have a some concerns about your future. You are in high school now. You should be able to spell. And use punctuation. You should know the difference between to, too, and two. You should know the difference between they're, there, and their. This isn't rocket science, kids. You learned all this back in elementary school.
The thing is, you will need to know how to write when you fill out an application for a job. Many of the jobs you will be applying for will actually require you to write as part of the job.
Writing "u" for you, and "2" for to, idk, lol, gtg, etc. may be fine for texting. But it is ONLY fine for texting. It is really not appropriate anywhere else.
I know that you rely on spellcheck, and I think spellcheck is wonderful. But YOU actually have to know how to spell too, you know. When you put "angle" when you mean "angel", spellcheck won't catch it because angle is really a word. It's just not the word you meant. When you put "wood" when you mean "would" you make yourself look stupid. I know you don't want that, do you?
Here's another little tip. Don't is a contraction for do not. Contractions are great. However, if you leave out the apostrophe, dont is not a contraction. It is also not a word. (The same for wouldn't, haven't, didn't, etc.) That little apostrophe is pretty powerful. It can make or break a word.
Another thing? Don't curse. You may THINK facebook is private, but it's not. Your future employers WILL be checking it out someday. Don't put anything on there that you wouldn't want your mother to see.
Okay, I think we've covered the basics. Please, kids - take your time. Remember the lessons you learned in elementary school. This isn't hard stuff - you can do it! Concentrate.....and if you are still confused, google Schoolhouse Rock and watch that. Or ask your mother.
Concerned, anonymous Moms everywhere