Is the use of emojis “dumbing down” older kids and teens?
Although the symbols effectively communicate across language and cultural barriers, some educators are concerned that the imagery too often replaces words with various shades of meaning.
As an early childhood educator, I understand this concern. We talk about helping young children build “vocabulary for emotional literacy,” so a preschooler can tell us whether he’s frustrated, hurt, embarrassed, disappointed or sad.
Although emojis continue to be added, we need to remember the important message echoed by generations of parents of preschoolers, “Use your words.”