myspace: Clearly not for Adults

Oh, the internets. What is it about you that baffles parents? How do you manage to be such a puzzle-wrapped enigmacallit? Parents who write in asking advice from columnists have always baffled me, and the Trib has provided a great reason why the newspaper, along with the TV, doesn’t always tell the truth.

Amy Dickinson’s column from last week
reads like a parenting manual from 800 years ago or like advice from someone who has never had a child or siblings. Sure, I haven’t been a teenager for a while but I still know that saying “DON’T DRINK” and “DON’T DATE THAT BOY” only makes me want to get drunk with that boy. Way to lower the bar!

Check out this excellent and educated response to the column that basically tells Ms. Dickinson to pull her head out of her ass.

4 Comments so far

  1. Irene (unregistered) on March 24th, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    I remember being 16 and anytime my parents started something with “Don’t do . . .” I would instantly want to do it. In this day and age I would think that you would want to have open communication with your child on things like the Internet (and as a new parent I am dreading when I have to do this, but I will). Kids have access to many more things now and “Don’t do . . . ” didn’t work before and it isn’t going to now.

  2. Marty (unregistered) on March 25th, 2006 @ 5:46 pm

    I have a client–so this kind of skews the issue–who was using my space. I ordered, quite literally, him to delete his account. This kid is 17 and, I believe, using MySpace to contact victims and potential victims.

    That being said, while I do believe that parents need to have open communication with their children, at times, removing privileges as a form of punishment is a completely viable option.

    Like I said, my experience with this is based on working with screwed up, dangerous and court involved kids–your experiences are probably much different

  3. Gabe (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 10:33 am

    if you ever want to see the dark side of myspace, head over to . as with anything, it can and will be used by people who dont have the most “honorable” intentions.

  4. Paul (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

    When I was 16, we didn’t have an outlet like MySpace — or the Internet for that matter. Would’ve been nice to vent online, before getting into the streets to do it. I’m all for it!

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