7 Reasons I Don't Want My Kid to Start a BlogLori Garcia
1. Teen pregnancy
5. Drug and alcohol abuse
6. My kid starting a blog
I know, I know, starting a blog probably shouldn’t rank alongside pedophiles and drug abuse, but neither should fast food play areas, so there.
As much as I adore blogging and appreciate all the wonderful things blogging has given me, having one blogger in the family is more than enough.
If one day my sensitive son becomes a blog believer, I hope that he’ll find his way to into the blogosphere through a journey of written mediums. If the 4th grade is any indication, he may never get there; damn prepositional phrases.
Every time a blogger announces their kid is starting a blog, I cringe. Not for them, but for me – like it’s contagious or something. I’ve got some pretty strong feelings as to why I’m in hate with the idea; here are my top 7:
Privacy & Safety 1 of 7Even the most careful and seasoned blogger has experienced their share of creepy stuff. Blame it on Mom watching too many episodes of To Catch a Predator; I'd like to keep my kid offline as long as possible.
Just another thing to manage 2 of 7If my son did have a blog, it would need to be managed very, very carefully. At this point I'd rather give him the baby sister he's always wanted than have to manage a blog about The Amazing World of Gumball, bleh.
Cyberbullies 3 of 7Troll me, shame on you. Troll my kid and it's all out war. Hell hath no fury like a blogger legacy scorned (or something like that).
Payback’s a bitch 4 of 7I shared the 5 Things My Kid Hates that I Blogged About. Damn straight I'm scared; I know just how much I've got it coming.
Blogging is the gateway activity… 5 of 7to social media in its beautiful and bountiful entirety. I'm not ready for my son to have a cell phone, let alone a Facebook, Twitter, and G+ account.
He’s still a kid 6 of 7I doubt my son would know how tell his stories without hurting others in the process. Hell, we all struggle with it sometimes. With a blogger mom and Twitter-addicted dad, I'd question his ability to distinguish the appropriate from the inappropriate by our example.
If he’s blogging… 7 of 7then he's not playing outside like a kid should and video games and television already take up enough screen time. While he's young he should be outside getting dirty, playing hard, and coming home smelling like a stinky kid.
For now my son prefers the canvas to the computer screen; fingers crossed it stays that way.
What are your thoughts on kids starting blogs?
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