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Date posted: 06/12/2009
Children who blog, text or use social networking websites are more confident about their writing skills, according to the UK's National Literacy Trust.
A survey of 3,001 children aged nine to 16 found that 24% had their own blog and 82% sent text messages at least once a month.
In addition 73% used instant messaging services to chat online with friends.
However, 77% still put real pen to paper to write notes in class or do their school homework.
Of the children who neither blogged nor used social network sites, 47% rated their writing as "good" or "very good", while 61% of the bloggers and 56% of the social networkers said the same.
"Our research suggests a strong correlation between kids using technology and wider patterns of reading and writing," Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, said.
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