Now that we are a whole 10 days into the real portion of our trip and starting to take the blogging seriously, I’m starting to wonder whether we shouldn’t use aliases for our kids’ names. David’s thought has always been – there is nothing on the blog that we want to hide from. It is us. I think that is a fair decision for us, but I’m starting to question it for our children. Shouldn’t they be allowed to create their own digital world? Does 15 year old Carter really need anyone to know that he used to sleep with a stuffed animal called Little Bear? Does job seeking 21 year old Bennett really want his employer to know that we used to call him Mr. Mayor because he is the only extrovert among us? One solution is to obviously take down the blog as they get older. However, I have seen other bloggers use aliases. I saw some cute ones last night, Data, Storybird, Monster Man, Cat and Dog.
I’m not a network news watching doom sayer that thinks that crime is rising (it’s not) and that there are bad people around every corner (mostly super nice ones). However, now that the blog is being seen by non friends and family, I wonder about someone coming up to Bennett and saying “Hey, I hear you like rocks, come over to may scary van with no windows and I’ll show you some. Your mom and dad, David and Betsy, said it was OK. Your brother, Carter, is already over here.” Bennett is a pretty bright kid and we talk about different scenarios a bit, but he might fall for that one. I don’t see any of that as a likely occurrence, but it is a stronger possiblitity with a web presence than without one.
David’s more worried about identity theft for us. One of my goals at the next fast internet place is to invest in a simple credit monitoring service for the year. I might even see if I can get a free one from Target due to their recent difficulties. (I did use my card during the time frame, but have seen no problems.)
What are your thoughts on aliases vs. real names for children? I’m going to send this to a few family bloggers too to get ideas.