But I did say I would do it.
Last week, just before Easter, my second article for MercatorNet appeared. Unfortunately, it was published just before the Triduum, a time when many Catholics don't spend time on the Internet; so far a total of five people have commented on the article, which is a bit less than last time.
If you didn't get a chance to read it, I'd be most appreciative if you'd check it out and tell me what you think. For instance, I say:
Sometimes the problems are serious, too. Here in Texas this month a fourteen-year-old girl used a pair of scissors to stab another girl at school, over mean comments left on a MySpace page over spring break. Adults can get annoyed or angry enough with each other online--but adults tend to have a sense of proportion which teens and children lack. It may cause hurt, irritation, or even indifference when an adult finds out a Facebook or Twitter contact wants to be removed from his or her circle of friends or followers; it can be devastating beyond reason--literally--for a child or teenager to have this happen, especially if the “friend” is trying to be mean.
As a parent, and especially as a mom of young girls, I worry about many of the dangers our culture poses to our children’s innocence, self-esteem, and well-being. There are so many voices calling to them from the culture, presenting them with words and images that are hyper-sexualised, that reinforce standards and stereotypes that can shatter a girl’s image of herself, that fill their minds with consumer values and prey upon their real, normal needs in that insidious way we call “marketing.” With all of those voices already surrounding them, I think the last think they need are more voices reinforcing all of these things and exploiting their desire to communicate in a way that is “cool” and new--but potentially damaging.
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