I’m a techie, so I thought it would be a good idea to register my kids “gubment” domain names – I wanted to make sure they own their digital identity when they are ready to handle the responsibility, and I thought it would be a cool [tech] Rites Of Passage gift.
I thought about registering their email addresses as well – That way they wouldn’t be tempted to register some weird “sweetnsassy2010@[insert email service here].com” email address and wonder why they can’t get a job after they graduate college.
Then I got to thinking, with social media networks being so prevalent now, especially with the teens, why not go all out and register their Facebook,Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr…and everything else that pops up between now and when I’m ready to connect them to the innanets?
Now I know there are a ton of people who network via the web who currently don’t use their real names. I also understand that half of the fun is creating a pseudo-identity to connect with others with similar interests, or to get away from the stress of real life. I guess I was just trying to plan ahead for when they are ready to “stop playing” and get real on the web.
Now I haven’t actually went as far as to start registering email addresses and social networking profiles for my kids because who knows what they will be into when they come of age – They are only 3 and 5. So my question is geared more towards the parents out there with of-age kids who are ready to “plug in”
Would you register your kid’s real names on social networking sites to ensure their proper digital identify is intact…or am I being a too helpful [tech] helicopter dad?read more