Scout's Own Web Page
Doug Gentry (dwgentry@POLARCONSULT.COM)
Tue, 3 Dec 1996 14:58:21 -0800
Keith Hooks wrote, asking about issues in letting his Scout son develop and
post his own Web page. I sent this response directly to Keith, but then
figured there maybe others on Scouts-L with the same question.
I saw your question in Scouts-L, about letting your son set up his own Web page.
My short answer is "Yes - just continue to keep an eye on his email and
My Scout son - now a junior in HS and 16 - has had his own pages for over
a year now. He's enjoyed working on them, gotten a modest amount of
positive notoriety here in our community, and it has even launched him on a
part time job as a Web and Macintosh consultant. When my wife ran for
School Board in our small town, he made a "Betsy Gentry for School Board"
page, which probably had about 20 visitors, but allowed her to post the
address in her little campaign flyer. He also found our City's home page,
which he keeps muttering about as being out of date and poorly designed. He
may approach our City Clerk with an offer to spif it up, but meanwhile he
started a separate page where local citizens can register their e-mail
address and it will later appear on a directory of email addresses in town.
Like all parents I know you're concerned about your son meeting strange
people through the Internet, and of course that is likely. After all, here
you are getting a long, familiar note from a stranger (albeit a Scouter).
I don't know that our son's web pages have increased the likelihood of
someone contacting him - probably some. We did get a phone call from a man
runing a local Internet Service Provider - who had seen Philip's pages,
liked them, and noticed that he used a Macintosh. The guy needed a
Mac-savvy person to help with an installation at a client, and he asked
Philip if he wanted the job. I called the guy the next morning, introduced
myself, and said that I wanted to meet him in his office, to make myself
comfortable with the idea of my son working with him. Turns out he and his
wife run this business out of their home, they've had several sons go
through Scouting in a nearby troop, and I could feel comfortable with them.
Philip got the assignment, made more money in an afternoon than he had in
months previously, and has something to add to his short resume.
My wife and I remain vigilant and attentive to Philip's time and energy
spent on the computer, to be sure his life is still well balanced with
Scouts, water polo, orchestra, high school plays, etc. As long as he keeps
this balance, and I screen any live contacts with Internet acquaintances,
we're OK with his travels on the Net.
Doug Gentry - firstname.lastname@example.org
510-654-1837 fax: 510-654-3706
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