It seems that the gen x’ers bloggging is a no-brainer. They have been raised around technology and use it to communicate in a way that those of us growing up when PC’s were not in every house (I am aging myself) did not have access to. I do enjoy reading the blogs from the "gen x’ers" – it is a window into their thoughts – something all parents can learn from! My oldest is 9 but already technology is a big part of the social lexicon. Even if you don’t allow technology in your home, your child is growing up where technology and socializing are coming closer together – so parents should be reading these blogs. Here are some of the sites I know, please add others that you know of:
- Vanessa Van Petten has a site called "Teens Today"
- Anastasia Goodstein writes for the Huffington Post and has her own site called "YPulse"
- Teen Talkteentalk
- Many college students have MySpace and Facebook profiles, but from my discussions "Facebook" is becoming the social networking site of choice for college students.
- Alltops has a "twentysomething" category
As always, it is important that everyone protect their online privacy. Sites like Safekids.com, Common Sense Media and the FTC have tips. As a parent, I would make sure that even college students that are social networking have read and understand (and USE) the privacy settings. Many sites do have age guidelines so make sure your kids are complying with those. If the next gen can understand online privacy and comply with the privacy/age guidelines for online sites (and NEVER give away personal information online) – then they have a better chance of have a safe experience online.