I wrote a few days ago about Rebecca and her misadventures on the internet. I didn't happen to mention chat rooms although I've talked about them elsewhere. One of the commenters reminded me about My Space. I replied that I worried more about chat rooms than I did about internet porn. My Space isn't a chat room but it is the sort of thing that concerned me.
Melissa S. at Blogging Baby must have been reading my mind. Her post featured a link to a discussion of My Space, how it works, and the reasons teens are attracted to it. Its access is limited to age 14 and up so I have a couple of years before I need to become concerned.
I'm not convinced My Space is the greatest thing since sliced bread but the speaker made a few interesting points. She said kids have almost no personal space anymore. Their lives are micromanaged from waking to sleeping, the malls don't want them, and the local soda shop is becoming a thing of the past. Teens want to "hang out" and their hang out spot has become the net and sites like My Space.
If you read the BB post, be sure to read the comments, especially the second from Caitlin. She talks about the ease with which teens elude parental control. The technical language is way over my head but I get the idea.
I'd like to hear opinions. I sometimes feel like I'm in a time warp and some objective ideas from the younger folk (and my generation as well) would be helpful.
Splitting the post tonight. I'll be back to talk about food and other things.