My son, aged 11 and a half, has started a blog called Ben Williams’s World on WordPress recently.
He started as he wanted to share his passion of a roleplaying game called D&D (thanks to his father’s influence.)
To write a blog, you need an Email account. However, you need to be 13 years old to have a gmail account.
We decided he should use his father’s email account. The problem is, Hugh is getting too many emails from WordPress and he starts to complain.
Would you ask your child to lie about his age (so that he can have an email account, for example)?
As a half decent parent, I don’t like to tell Ben to lie about his age. However, I made a mistake just the other week.
We normally swim in a private swimming pool, but one day the main pool was crowded with holidaymakers. They did nothing resembling exercise, but they were blogging lanes and did silly things like playing in the middle of the pool. These lane hogs irritated me.
The only single lane reserved for adults was free. I moved over and asked Ben to join me. He answered without hesitation, ‘Mum, NO, that’s an adult lane. I SHOULDN’T BREAK THE RULE. See, here’s the sign!’ I was, quite rightly, embarrassed and corrected by a rather sensible kid.
This child clearly has a sense of Right or Wrong and he doesn’t want to break rules.
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