By all means encourage your children to set up their own Space. it’s a great outlet for them to improve their writing skills and share their thoughts with one and all. However, a few words of advice are required so that the need to be heard and read doesn’t outstrip the requirement to remain private.
Advice To My Step-Son as He Begins His Blogging Adventure
Let me begin by saying that I am so proud of you for being so brave to start blogging at such an early age. From your first three posts, I like the conversational tone you have picked and the topics that you discuss. As a society, we should be paying close attention to what matters to you and your generation, as you are our future. I hope that you continue to provide us with insights about the music, books, products, and movies that intrigue you and your friends. Research and marketing types should especially pay close attention to you and your friends. You are doing their work for them by simply blogging your ideas and ideals.
Given that I have been around the block (err blog) a bit longer than you, (well for about a monthJ) here are some pointers I hope you take into consideration as you embark on your blogging journey:
1- Remember that what you write is out there in the public for EVERYONE to see. Guard your privacy against your desire for public attention.
2- Everything you write could someday be used against you. Write so that you give your friends pleasure, but not your enemies.
3- You have entered a whole new playground and there are so many great friends to meet, so many new things to learn. Enjoy your new experiences and cherish your new friends.
4- Just like every playground there are some bullies in this one too. Don’t let the turkeys get you down! If someone leaves an inappropriate or mean comment, don’t take it personally and don’t dwell too much on it. They are not worth it.
5- Before you publish something, ask yourself what your Dad, your Mom or your friends would think about it? Would they approve? What about a future college recruiter? Or someone who is interviewing you for a job? If you are not sure, ask someone. Remember rule #1.
6- Don’t write about someone without their knowledge; portray others as you would like to be portrayed yourself. Remember rule #2.
7- I hope that you continue to ask questions and keep alive your curiosity and take us along in your journey.
Best of luck and keep on blogging!