Digital tools are enabling kids to express themselves, to create their own identities, and to personalize the media they use. Their creativity seems limitless and includes such various forms as mp3 lists, online game characters, digital movies, and blogs. Just take a look at YouTube and see how kids place themselves in full view of the whole world, or check web sites like the Norwegian “Deiligst.no” (Delicious. no). Also blogging is all the rage and writing your inner most thoughts online instead of in the old diary book, might seem quite fun.
The problem with blogging is that children reveal more online than parents know, and they do it because they think that blogs are only read by their friends. No one ever told them that everything placed on the Net is visible for everyone. There are also similar problems with YouTube and sites like “Deiligst.no”.
Childrens creativity is something that should be supported, but also directed. But who`s going to do it? The obvious answer is the parents, with the support of teachers. But if they are going to be able to do so, both parents and teachers have to learn how to navigate in the digital media world of our kids.