Despite this [use of texting abbreviations], the two-year study found that today’s teenagers are using far more complex sentence structures, a wider vocabulary and a more accurate use of capital letters, punctuation and spelling.
What do you know, the quality of writing increases when kids have access to technology. This doesn't surprise me, as one of the best way to become a better writer is through practice. And when kids are hammering out gobs of text messages, that's what they are doing.
What's next, games raising kid's IQs? Oh wait, that's that's been done.
The bottom line: technology isn't good or bad (for kids or anyone), it's how we use it. So use it wisely.