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Are you in youth ministry and you've had it with crazed parents? Rollin' your eyes at the pastoral council? Tired of administration work? Love youth? Love the Church? Appalled at parish politics? Looking for some good games? For a creative ways to teach a lesson for Religious Ed? Just need a place to veg out and say "phew! Someone outside of the parish to talk to!"? Grab y'r Starbucks, turn the computer away from the staff's eyes, grab a seat on a donated dusty couch and let it all go.

Friday, November 18, 2005

No Blog For You!

I can get on board with schools setting up rules and computer access controls to keep kids from blogging. I get that teenagers, God love 'em, don't always realize what not to put on the internet. Things like their home or cell phone numbers, addresses, lots of pictures...details about their world that sickos peruse the internet in search of (and they find it incredibly easy with xanga and the like).

A Catholic school in Sparta, New Jersey has made this rule for their students, but it bothers me that they intend to extend it to the home.

But Msgr. Kieran McHugh, president of the Paterson diocesan high school, told students at a recent assembly that the school has banned Internet blogging in the school and at the students' homes.

"All these sites are havens for predators," he said. "The reason for the school's stand is to comply with the (Diocese of Paterson's) policy of protecting God's children."

I wonder Where are Mom and Dad? Why is the school telling them what should happen in their own home? Mom and Dad have got to be aware of what their kids are doing online! Sure, let the school inform the parents, but I get nervous when rules are made outside the home for inside the home.


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