One Newspaper Actually Tells Parents To Chill Out Over MySpace
from the but-does-that-sell-papers? dept
While we've been pointing out all the scare stories being written up in the media about MySpace, it would appear that at least one newspaper isn't playing along. Petrea Mitchell writes in to let us know that the Oregonian actually had a much more balanced article about kids online (which was apparently a cover story, above the fold in the paper edition), which basically says what many of us have been saying all along: the internet and these services aren't the problem. Parents need to relax, but also to prepare their kids for basic online life. As MIT Prof Henry Jenkins (whose reasonable views on these things we've discussed before) notes: "Being a good parent is being aware of what kids are doing online, engaging in their activities, understanding the value of those activities, and helping them acquire skills that will allow safer participation in those activities." With so much fear mongering going on, it's nice to see a more reasonable article get published.