I watched the Frontline episode: Growing up Online with more than the usual amount of trepidation. It hits home for me since I maintain this blog and have made many online friends------friends that I don't know in real life. For me, my online experience has been a pleasure-----a positive corner of my life.
However, when I watched that show there were a couple moments that I considered closing the whole thing down because of the example I'm showing my kids. Watching the program's examples of the internet's influence over families gave me more than a few doubts of my own. However, I'm often one to overly worry, especially when it comes to my children. I watched the program a few weeks ago and have slowly weighed it all out since then. I'm still unsure about blogging and especially children living online but I also believe in my kids. Parents face many obstacles these days but I believe that a good dose of good old-fashioned communication and judgment takes a child far in the world.
I will continue to encourage our "unplugged" family time for I think it balances out the virtual.
And without the internet entirely, my kids wouldn't be able to giggle and laugh and virtually see their friends back on the coast.
**What about you? What do you think? I would love to hear from other mother bloggers and how you weigh it all out... Have you watched this Frontline program? (You can view it from the link above)...