The Pros and Cons of Blogging for Teens
By Erik Fisher, Ph.D.
These days, it seems like everyone’s got their own blog. Whether you’re a professional, a celebrity wannabe, or a teenager seeking an identity, blogging is supposed to be the next great way to get noticed. But what if you’re a parent? You certainly didn’t grow up with blogs, and naturally you may have some questions about your child’s involvement in this new medium.
As a family psychologist, I get these questions a lot. As a preteen or teenager going through life’s normal growth stages, blogging can be very helpful indeed – fostering a social network (even if it is virtual), or providing an outlet for everyday frustrations. But as with any internet enterprise, blogs do raise some parental concerns. So let’s address some basic blogging pros and cons.
1. The “Me” Attitude
It’s an understatement to say that reality TV has given us an insider view into the lives of so many. We grant “everyday” people unnatural amounts of attention when we tune in each week. Similarly, does your child want to be in the spotlight?