To Blog, or Not to Blog?
My teens are into "blogging," keeping an online journal filled with their thoughts and feelings for anyone who logs onto their site to read. I know this is the hot new thing, but I'm not sure it's appropriate for kids. Couldn't this compromise their safety? Should I forbid them from doing this?
I love blogging! Recently two different families with whom we were close moved, one across the country and the other halfway around the world. If it weren't for the fact that both these families immediately created a "blog," we would have more than likely lost touch with some very dear friends.
I even have my own blog called Coffee Talk. Every week I journal what I'm learning as a woman, wife, and mother, and I upload this "diary" to my website. It's amazing how close I feel to my cyber-friends, most of whom I've never met in person. I believe blogging is another way to answer our God-given desire for community, our need to hear and be heard. Maybe that's why blogging's so popular with teenagers.
When my teens first asked me if they could create their own blog, I, like you, was a bit skeptical. I was concerned that anyone, including strangers and predators, could read their blogs and use this information to take advantage of them. After further research, I learned you can choose to make your blog public or keep it private, requiring an e-mail "invitation" so only friends can read your weblog.
Even so, we've talked about the importance of never divulging private information. I also believe in giving my kids a friendly reminder that most of the time what you write on a blog is there forever. Just as we teach our children to be careful what they say because words can't be taken back, the same principle is true about being careful what you blog.1