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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

How bad is blogging for kids and teenagers?

MSNBC runs an article that outlines the danger of blogging for kids and teenagers.

A "horror story" is included of a mother who discovered her daughter's blog, discovering provocative pictures: ""And their pictures are very provocative. There's shots with their butt in the air, with their thongs sticking out of it. They squeeze their elbows together to make their boobs look bigger."

In addition, concerns are raised that kids reveal too much information:

First name: 70%
Age: 67%
Contact info: 61%
Location: 59%
E-mail address: 44%
IM Name: 44%
Birth date: 39%
Link to homepage: 30%
Full name: 20%

All this follows weeks of other, similar reports. Last week, I wrote that kids are exposed to pornography on the web, while they apparently also lose some IQ while texting and emailing, although watching TV makes up for that.

My message is clear. It is technology that allows teenagers to stay connected with friends, express themselves and learn about stuff they need to know anyway. Parents have the "duty" to educate kids and teenagers about the bad stuff in the world.

Be that online or offline.

(By Asia Business Consulting)