Dear Amy: Why is it important not to write in all-capital letters when you're sending a message to a friend? — Tiffany, Pike, Ky.
Dear Tiffany: Sending a message, whether it's an email or a text message, is a little different than talking to your friend in person. It can be hard to tell how someone is feeling just from the text in a message. You could say something jokingly in a message, but your friend might think you were serious. Using emoticons in a message can help your recipient understand how you're feeling. For example, you might type :-) if you're happy or :-( if you're sad. Learn more about emoticons at http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/
When you're online or sending a text message, typing in all-capital letters makes it look like you're yelling. This is a definite “don't” for online etiquette, sometimes called netiquette. A good general rule to use is that if you wouldn't say or do something in public, then you shouldn't online either. For more netiquette tips, check out www.bpl.org/kids/netiquette.htm. Remember to treat everyone you meet online with respect. Have fun and stay safe!
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