Blogs of Children and Teens


Blogs a danger to students.

The adult place in this–and I mean non-parent, non-supervisory adults–is a potential minefield. When I first began campus ministry, it was impressed on me the special need for maintaining appropriate boundaries with students, especially undergraduates. In previous positions, I had dated parishioners on occasion, but I knew instinctively that even though many of the undergraduates were “adults” in a legal or intellectual sense or attractive in an adult way, there was a very important boundary to be set.

A few times I’ve visited blogs done by minors–most of them linked on parents’ sites. I never comment, and I’ve never revisited. The level of personal sharing that goes on in blogs (and I don’t just mean the trash-talking) strikes me as a factor that makes it very inappropriate for adult-minor contact across blog lines. Maybe I’m just being hyper-sensitive; you tell me.

If my daughter wanted to begin a blog, I would allow it under strict conditions. I would not permit comment boxes. I’d monitor it carefully. And I’d suggest she discourage adult visitors.

I’m interested in feedback from others on this point. Does your child have a blog? How do you supervise it? Perhaps you are a teen or young adult yourself and you have some thoughts on interaction with adults. Am I being too sensitive or fastidious? What are proper boundaries for this medium?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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