You've seen the talk shows and heard the playgroup buzz: What the heck are we doing about the influence of social media, cell phones, games and other technology on our little angels?
Fear not! We're here to help! Over the next six months, BlogHer is taking on a groundbreaking experiment in citizen journalism with regard to parenting in the digital age. Our digital parenting ambassadors will post analysis of breaking stories, trends, and the activities of BlogHer moms from a variety of angles. In addition, the ambassadors will blog insightful personal posts that shed light on their own parenting within the matrix. We'll be rolling out essays, technology round-ups and general navel-gazing.
We'll cover geeky parenting, technology as it's embedded in our daily lives (as parents and as participants in the community), tech trendspotting, parenting headaches and triumphs caused by our devices and the social media sphere, and the same great parenting writing you're used to seeing here. Parenting, after all, is still parenting, whether or not you're doing it with your Blackberry attached.
I know I'm excited -- I've been a BlogHer Mommy & Family contributing editor for more than three years now, and this topic has come up so many times for me personally. I'm thrilled to be working with the talented group of writers who'll be bringing you this important information.
In addition, BlogHer will host a Family Connections BlogHer group to which all our digital parenting posts will be published. The easiest way to stay in the loop is to join the group. So what are you doing? Click on over and join!
We can't wait to hear your thoughts. This is a conversation, and we want to hear from YOU -- be your own beat reporter covering the ups and downs of parenting your cyberific kids. With my own daughter in kindergarten, I need your help navigating the dark waters. Come along for the ride, my friends.
Rita Arens is an editor in corporate America and a freelance writer. Her bylines have appeared in Scholastic Parent & Child, Babble, The Kansas City Star, Greater Kansas City Business, KC Weddings, and Art. She's the editor of Sleep Is for the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers Including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and More!, which won a 2009 gold NAPPA award and has short fiction and poetry available on Kindle.
Join BlogHer’s new community journalism project! Report on how you and your family interact with technology in the age of digital parenting in the Family Connections group.
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