As anticipated, after my earlier post about the teenager who put his advertised lifestyle into deadly practice, yesterday’s Charlotte Observer carried an item on the front page about teens and their increasing use of ‘blogs’. The items mentioned were what you might expect; typical teen content(hormonally fueled at times) to online adult stalkers posing as kids. The overall theme was one of caution about what you post and parents needing to take more interest in what their children are doing online.

A thought I have debated with myself(schizophrenia does have benefits) is the idea that by not having kids I have avoided the usual mandatory changes most adults go thru when they have to begin acting ‘parental’. This allows me the luxury, if I choose to exercise it and believe me I try to as often as possible, of remaining more like a kid than I would otherwise. So the conclusion I reached is by not having kids I am in a better position to understand their mindset, behavior, etc. because in effect I’m still one of them.

Ha! Take THAT mom and dad! You thought you were going to mold me into a respectable adult just like yourselves. It’s only now as I near the end of my first half century that I am beginning to comprehend and appreciate how I turned out.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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  1. mary919 says:

    I believe that you’ve implied here that you need a respectable adult monitoring what you’re doing online. Ah HA! I KNEW you were up to no good! And you’ve been camouflaging it as a record of what you’ve been reading. You kids are crafty!

    • marcsuttle says:

      Adult? To make decisions, yes. Respectable? Hmmm. We all know (too well) no special qualifications are required in order to have kids and many parents are clueless or negligent about a lot of things. (get OFF the soapbox Marc!) With certain “dangers” lurking out there, yes I believe in active supervision for minors. Just how “permissive” I would be as a parent in this area would be a good discussion but only if having kids were a reality. Personally I am like a kid on the Internet but having the ‘adult’ perspective that ultimately it is lacking when compared to the real world, something that hopefully kids can learn and appreciate.

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