Being the Child of a Blogger
"Doing my blog, Mum."
Yesterday, after I told Ellie she needed to eat her lunch I was amused as she answered “First, I wanted to take a photo before we eat it all.” I popped out to hang the clothes thinking She’s a Blogger’s kid through and through and I was pretty proud.
As I continued to hang the clothes I started to wonder what that actually means for my children. Where is there to go when you’re already photographing your food at four?
My thoughts then shifted to children, internet usage and safety. How can I teach them about keeping information to themselves once they start using Social Media (oh the horror) when I live my life on the net, here, on the blog? I am careful with what I reveal, of course, but will they see that or will they simply see that I share stories from our lives and not take my warnings seriously?
I found myself in a bit of a tizz, as I thought more and more about the complications which could arise from this little patch of internet I keep. I thought I should definitely close my blog down, not seriously – there was a touch of humour, thinking about the recently released Sh*t Oz Bloggers Say video and yet there was that part of my mind panicking just enough to actually contemplate it. Just a little.
I’ve thought about children and technology before, James and I have decided how we will deal with computer usage and discussed mobiles and even iPads, what age we think these things are appropriate and how we will manage the issues which can come up. But, I never factored my being a blogger into the mix. Maybe it doesn’t matter. Maybe it does.
Already, both girls are more than adept with our i-devices and Jasper is able to navigate my phone without too much issue. It’s amazing what they can do. Amazing and scary when I think about the fact that I am already feeling old and left behind!
I’ve been reading and reviewing a Digital Parenting magazine from Vodafone, which has so many great tips and ideas and with that and our own past discussions I was able to calm down somewhat. I do have a predisposition for worry and slight over reaction when I find a subject to gnaw at me and while this is a real issue I am starting to feel more confident.
I plan to approach this the same way I am approaching the Body Image issue which led me to many sleepless nights. Honestly. Through talking, showing them and learning together along the way. Since the girls are already interested in my blogging and the use of technology we can start these discussions now which gives me some relief as they will surely know the importance of Internet safety by the time they’re teens (the time I really worry about) if we’ve been talking about it for most of their lives.
How do you think being a blogger might (or does already) effect your children and how they use technology?