Recently, a Covenant Eyes member told me a story that has been repeated quite a few times over the years.It is a story of a father and a son. The father (“Max”) and his 14-year old son (“Jeremy”) had drifted apart emotionally since Jeremy entered Junior High School. But they have Covenant Eyes’ Accountability on their computer. Max emailed me, a little angry, because there was a highly rated site on Jeremy’s Accountability Log, and Jeremy denied ever going to the site. The name of the URL was so bad, I can’t even write it here. Max wanted to know … Continue reading →
The social networking phenomenon is accelerating at record speeds and isn’t likely to slow down any time soon. Research shows that 9-to-17-year-olds report spending almost as much time using social networking services like MySpace, Facebook, and other web sites as they spend watching television. Among teens, that amounts to about 9 hours a week on social networking activities, compared to about 10 hours a week watching TV. So how is online socializing affecting the social habits of young people today?
Curious about privacy on social networking sites? Will society be more forgiving of the “digital footprints” young people leave online? Does “privacy” mean anything when someone has a friend list numbering in the 100s? Robert Siegel of NPR interviews Mary Madden, a senior researcher with the Pew Internet and American Life Project, about these and other online privacy issues facing teens today.
In a previous blog post, I wrote about one of the potential dangers of social networking—Internet predators. This popular topic comes with its share of myths, but when we strip away the misconceptions, parents and educators can better equip their teens to navigate the potential pitfalls of online interaction. Social networking brings with it a need for new rules of engagement. Online socializing is like other forms of socializing: it is helpful to know the ins and outs, the danger zones, and the potential problems. . . . . Cyberbullying Since the sad story of Megan Meier’s suicide, the threat … Continue reading →
In a previous blog post, I wrote about the benefits of social networking. Often the pre- and post-Internet generation divide creates a barrier of understanding. Why is social networking so popular? What is the appeal? Why does my teen want to do this MySpace thing? Sometimes parents who are looking to protect their children from online dangers need to first identify with the positive factors that compel young people into social networking. This will provide a common ground of conversation with teens. Social networking brings with it a need for new rules of engagement. Online socializing is like other forms … Continue reading →