(via JD Lasica)
From yesterday’s San Jose Mercury News comes this addition to the teenage blogging craze series of articles that have been coming out lately. Some interesting tidbits that may (or may not) help shed some light on how to use blogs with kids:
Many teens say blogging is an outlet they wouldn’t have otherwise. Nearly all invite strangers in — but parents are discouraged from crashing on the scene. Many say their parents are unaware of their blogs.
But teens say they’re drawn to sites like Xanga that encourage broad feedback, which sometimes exudes the feel of group therapy.
What’s consistent throughout is the search for validation. Though most say they write entries for themselves, it’s a disappointment if no one responds. One Evergreen student recently posted a message pleading for feedback. “it makes me sad that no one leaves me comments. . . . i write like these huge entries . . . about so much stuff . . . and no one even says anything in return. and i go to all of your xangas or whatevers and ALWAYS leave a comment.”
I wonder whether teens who see blogs as a personal diary genre will accept it as a tool for teaching and learning. Then again, I’m sure the tool is going to evolve pretty quickly while the blog might just stay the blog.
(Note: Never one to hide my mistakes, I guess I can’t link to my Furl archive…so unfortunately you’ll have to go to the Merc News to register to get at it. Darn.)