Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Experiment #2

I am attempting to post by email. The only interesting thing I can
think of to say at this hour 1am - after how many hours of reading
blogs? - is ... there are some really interesting people out there,
some really strange people, and some disturbing people. (And some
people need to enlarge their text font sizes.) I know this teaching
connection is a stretch - please remember the hour and my over-
blogged mind - my students are only 12 , 13 and 14 years old - how in
the world do they navigate online relationships safely? I know,
"parents" is the stock answer, but Seriously.

Update - experiment worked, but not after checking "help" and learning I am only emailing a DRAFT to myself b/c I didn't check "publish" (meaning automatically).

While waiting for the email-to-blog to kick in, I pondered the beauties and uglies of blogs I've seen by hitting "Next Blog". I really like the function b/c the randomness is cool when it yields gems. But it yielded 2 porn blogs, and after the 2nd one, I'm done with random. Too bad. So now I take to cruising Blogs of Note Archives - there are plenty!


awomansblog said...

I saw a news story last night that said Myspace has 29,000 known sexual offenders and they only know them because they’re registered. So that doesn’t include the non-registered and those who use handles that can't be easily tracked by authorities. It truly is disturbing.

My youngest daughter is a musician and she started a Myspace account a while back (that’s how Myspace started, as a place for aspiring musicians to strut their stuff). She knows my thoughts on the matter but she is 21 and she is smart. She doesn’t do much with it and it’s not a site that would readily attract predators because she keeps it extremely modest (then again, predators adore the seemingly naïve) and she’s actually not naïve at all. (Whew!)

It’s a damn jungle out there but one thing I have found about cyber living is that if we remain silent, it doesn’t mean the uglies will just go away. No, they just become empowered and flood cyber space with more ugly.

Clarissa Pinkola Estes said: it takes more strength and skill to create beauty and than otherwise.

P.S. I will try to enlarge my text font size.

roller coaster teacher said...

Mostly I worry about my preteen/young teen students who use myspace and/or other internet social meeting places. Our local area has had a few sad, publicized cases of young teens being preyed upon via the internet. This age group THINKS they are able to discern harm, but brain research (and our collective experience) shows discernment just isn't there yet.

I agree with you - we empower ourselves and others by speaking good.

awomansblog said...

It is true that most of the time discernment isn't there yet and that's why we do have to keep an eye out for them, even though they say they don't want it.

I think that if we stay focused on the never-ending teacher quest of authentic writing experiences, it’s a very good undertaking.

Then, maybe they will have a frame of reference to see the differences when someone is out for unhealthy gain.

It is a tough one though and I must say that I can’t imagine trying to be a teacher today (nor a parent of youth for that matter). Yet, internet communications are here to stay.

When my kids were first dealing with the vast technological options out there I did have some good friends who had some good ideas and one that comes to mind immediately was a log of what they watch, see and play.

They had to log in every hour (I know, I’m a bitch) what they were doing/watching and I checked it regularly.

If they didn’t keep their personal logs up then I restricted their time. However, they never minded logging what they were watching, playing, etc.

It was just another game to them.

Mostly what it did is kept them conscious. That’s a huge start.

There are a lot of youth who seem largely unaware of what can go on and what they’re unconsciously absorbing--finding the line that seems to be the key, IMHO.

I think if we can keep kids thinking and conscious, even if they can’t grasp some of the things we see, then we’re doing well because the truth also is that they also see things we don’t immediately perceive.

It takes a lot of trust and sometimes we are wrong to trust too but they’re kids and most of the time they have fierce survival impulse.

That’s why I found keeping them conscious with a log-entry requirement was very helpful.

This probably sounds weird to some but it really worked for my four children. Hence, your slog theme is tremendous in my estimation.