Identifying persuasive language, teaching pupils to identify spam scams
I gave a class of twelve year olds a selection of genuine spam emails and asked them to write down what their replies to these would be. It mostly purported to be from a distressed Nigerian monarch living in exile looking for a friendly Briton to share a fortune with. Some of the kids quickly twigged and wrote sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek responses. But a few of them seemed genuinely intrigued and happy to enter into correspondence; others tried to negotiate the terms to make more money. It was this naivety and innocence that I wanted to address in the pupils. They had to become aware of dastardly tricks.
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It is super unprofessional to send an email that ends with the tag “Sent from my iPhone.”
Gotta disagree here…I see the context of your situation. While it would be a perfect world that I could devote attention at my desk to carefully craft a response to every email I get I can’t. Here’s how I assess email I get on my phone:
- Does this require my immediate attention?
- If yes, does it require a phone call?
If it’s requiring an immediate response and doesn’t require a call I’ll answer that email from my phone. And to let that person know I’m not at my desk, along with my grammer/auto-spelling being less than stellar, I make sure that email has my patented “proudly thumb-typed from my mobile device” signature. It succinctly conveys important facts and a courtesy:
- I am not at my desk.
- I determined your email is important and I’m responding as best I can now.
- Despite my best efforts there will be typos, please excuse my thumbs.
- If I’m asking for a response back quickly, please don’t make it really long.
How is that unprofessional?