Posts Tagged ‘Denise Witmer’

“How Can Blogging Be Dangerous, Mom?”

Friday, August 14th, 2009


"Everybody's doing it, so how can blogging possibly be dangerous, Mom?"
Get ready for that question from your teen if he or she wants to start
blogging.

There
are lots of great things about blogging, of course: It teaches tech and
writing skills, it engages the blogger with the world and helps him
explore particular interests.

But there are pitfalls, ranging
from kids possibly giving out too much personal information to a
blogger writing something that could later come back to haunt him when
college-admissions people or potential bosses do a Google search on his name.

Writer Denise Witmer, over at About.com: Parenting
Teens, has written a terrific post about some of the things teens and
their parents should consider before a teen starts blogging. Check it out here, then talk with your child about how to blog responsibly and safely.

Get Creative When Giving Teens Gift Money

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Piggy bank from German bank HASPA, around 1970.Denise Witmer, over at About.com: Teens, has some terrific advice for parents and relatives who want to give a teen money for the holidays. (And what teen doesn't love the idea of receiving a little mad money?)

Here are a few of Witmer's suggestions:

  • Put the money in a new wallet and wrap the wallet.
  • Stick the money in a festive envelope and place it in a book on learning about money.
  • Disperse the money into gift cards to your teen’s favorite
    stores. Add a card that sets a date to go shopping and spend some time
    together.

For more creative and fun ideas, visit About.com: Teens.