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Posted on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 : 11:39 a.m.

Study says teens use blogs in mostly positive ways

By Jen Eyer

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Parents of teens who blog, you may find this reassuring. A recent study found that most teen bloggers use the online technology in positive ways:

From an article on MedicineNet: Most Teen Bloggers Play It Safe Online

Parents have little to fear when their teens turn to blogging, new research suggests.

In fact, most adolescents blog to maintain friendships and engage in positive discussions of everyday teenage life.

"There's a lot of hype about the use of online technology and the abuse of it, but here we found that it seems that it's just another example of typical adolescent behavior," said study author Dawn Anderson-Butcher, an independent social worker and associate professor in the college of social work at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Does your teenager blog? Do you monitor what they say online?

Jen Eyer is on the Community Team at She oversees the Parenting and Home & Garden sections, and writes feature stories, blog posts and opinion pieces. She can be reached at 734-623-2577 or