Wondering what the kids are talking about when they mention Emoticons?Â Walk by the computer and see these little smiley faces spread throughout a communication?Â If so, you are not alone.
The question becomes; is there a way to stay on top of this language barrier and have some idea of what all of these things mean?Â There are ways and all you need to do is be a little creative and consider enlisting the help of some other people.
The worst thing you can do when it comes to Emoticons and your kidâ€™s online communication is to ignore it.Â Ignoring it will simply not make the situation go away and it will not improve things either.
Read up on the subject.Â Get online yourself and find out all there is to know about Emoticons and chat definitions.Â There are websites that are specifically designed to help you get started.
There are books and magazines that feature articles about Emoticons and other online communication.Â If you are willing to spend a little time researching the subject you will gain a wealth of information.
Parents of other kids who are online can also help.Â Talk to parents and find out what they know. Some parents may have a much better understanding of Emoticons than you do and may be very willing to help you out.
Emoticons can be daunting at first but with some research and assistance you will gain a greater knowledge of the subject.Â Part two of this article will give you other ideas about understanding and using Emoticons.