Teachers' Union Suggests Exploring Blogs,
But Many Parents Still Remain Unnerved
"'It's something that teachers are really starting to get their brains around,' says Will Richardson, tech guru at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in New Jersey, and author of the premiere blog on blogging. 'There are as many uses for this tool as your imagination can think of.' Many teacher blogs look like personal diaries and serve as virtual lounges, a place to kvetch and share inspiration with colleagues. But the collaborative nature of Web logs also make them valuable instructional tools to connect students and teachers, and provide a new place to create Web-based content. Post assignment, point kids to current events, and get them psyched about their studies--Richardson did all that as a journalism teacher with a daily Web log.'
--From an article in the October issue of the National Education Association's magazine, NEA Today.
"The spying started two years ago. Karen Lippe's daughter told her she was going to a school footbal game with friends. The next day, Ms. Lippe found out the truth: her daughter, then 14 years old, had skipped out on the game with a friend, got in the car of a boy Ms. Lippe didn't know and headed to an ice cream shop without permission. Ms. Lippe sat her daughter down after dinner to warn her not to let it happen again. Ms. Lippe, a marketing consultant in Irvine, Calif., didn't divulge how she found out. But her daughter figured it out anyway. The daughter's friend had recounted the transgression on her Web log, or blog, which Ms. Lippe had read online. Since the incident, Ms. Lippe has tried a series of software programs to snoop on her daughter's Internet use. She now often spends 30 minutes a day monitoring her daughter's blog and online activities. For her part, Ms. Lippe's daughter sometimes warns friends about her mother's cyber-surveillance and has deployed evasive tactics such as erasing a computer's record of sites she visits. 'If my daughter had a diary in her room, I would not read it. But what she posts on the Internet is posted to the entire world.'"
--from the lead article in this week's Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition, headlined "Big Mother is Watching"