The Dallas Morning News has an interesting story up Sunday a.m. that talks about "Creepy Treehouse," a term I was not familiar with until I read the story. According to the piece, it essentially, it is " Slang for
how students feel creeped out by school teachers and college professors
who are using Facebook and MySpace to interact with their students
online. Education blogger Jared Stein defines it this way: "a place,
physical or virtual (e.g. online), built by adults with the intention
of luring in kids." The term derives from urban legends about sexual
predators luring children into treehouses."
As a dad of seven, we've already encountered the whole Facebook and MySpace deal with our kids and whether or not they even should have accounts. That's still something we are struggling with; particularly as I thought a MS for my three would be okay, okayed it with my ex, and then heard reasons why that wasn't such a good idea from my bride.
As a dad, I truly want to encourage my kids to use the Internet and use it wisely. I've been a little bugged out when I've heard one of my kids mentioning they could email or link to one of their teacher's pages. Truthfully, I just don't know why that would be necessary.
As one of the early adopters to the Internet–I had my first CompUServe accounts back in early, early 1984, made the second governor I worked for the first statewide candidate in Alabama ever to have a published email address, and created the State of Alabama's Web site in mid 1995–I've long seen the value of what the Net can be. And I usually approach the Net as a useful tool; something that truly has improved the intellectual power of mankind.
That said, there are others out there who have obviously learned to use it for nepharious purposes. Sex clearly has become one of the dominant uses of the Net. I saw something recently that social networking might be edging it out in popularity, but even then, I've noticed of late that even on Twitter, some pervs are starting to slip through.
So, moms and dads, here is the question of the day. Should your kids have a MySpace or FaceBook account? At what age is acceptable to you. And if they have such, should their teachers be someone they're linked up to on it?
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@daddyclaxton That's a great post. The topic is very close to me as a high school teacher. I commented.
@daddyclaxton – oooohh that's an excellent question about student/teacher ms/fb/etc!!!