I got an e-mail recently from Kevin Delaney who is the Wall Street Journal reporter who wrote the article last fall on the movement to implement classroom blogs in classrooms around the country. He’s thinking about a new story idea, one that looks at how Weblogs might be facilitating conversations between parents and their children. The idea came out of the interview he did with the father of one of my students who was quoted in the article. Her father had talked to him about how, quoting his e-mail, “in their busy lives and during teenage years when communication between parents and kids is usually not at its peak, her blog opened a door for him into what she was thinking on issues and gave him new hooks to start conversations with her.”
It would be a great story, no doubt, and I’m wondering if anyone knows of anyone that he might be able to get in touch with. I’m thinking that with Xanga and Myspace sites all the rage, there have to be some examples out there of the “blog” window providing a constructive opportunity for parents and their kids to talk about issues they might not normally. This assumes, of course, that parents a) know that their children have a site, and b) know how to find it. (That’s a whole ‘nother story…)
Either leave a comment or e-mail me at will at weblogg-ed dot com if you have ideas.