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  Lessons on how to talk not text
Updated 12 November 2003, 17.39
Children talking
Kids normally get told off for talking to their mates in class, but schools are now being told to encourage you to chat.

People who make the rules say children are doing so much texting and e-mailing they don't really talk face to face.

They say this means you could be forgetting how to actually speak to each other properly.

Teachers have now been told to include lessons on how to speak, listen and disagree with your friends politely.

Texting not talking?
Texting not talking?
It seems you can't agree on whether the new lessons are necessary.

Vince, 10, thinks they're a good idea. "I think texting is a really bad - people should talk more and use mobiles less."

But Cristina, 10, reckons the lessons would be a waste of time.

"I don't think that we forget how to speak when we use mobiles and computers because we [already] have talking time at school."

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school children talking Has texting stopped you talking?
opening quoteI see people on the bus texting their friend sitting next to them which I think is ridiculous! Me and my mates don't as it's much quicker to just speak.closing quote
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