Therapeutic Blogging for Teenagers

The study, published in the journal Psychological Services and conducted by Meyran Boniel-Nissim and Azy Barak, psychology professors at the University of Haifa, Israel, found the engagement with an online community allowed by the blog format made it more effective in relieving the writer’s social distress than a private diary would be.

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I think a lot of times we have a tendency to look at students using various forms of social media with suspicion. And then when we stumble upon their attempts to express themselves we are quick to point out their immaturity. But have we taken seriously the therapeutic benefit to students expressing their feelings in a relatively open format?

A lot of youth workers blog. (I’m one of them.) And a lot of youth ministries have blogs. But almost all of them are writing by adults. What would it look like if your youth ministry blog was a place for your students to express their success, failures, fears, doubts, etc?

Personally, I’d love to see that! 

What do you think? 

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One Response to “Therapeutic Blogging for Teenagers”

  1. Ben Read January 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I’d love to see that,too. Im handing our Youth Ministry site over to one of our students and am giving her complete control, she’s switching it to Tumblr, and she said something that I asked another student and am seeing it as truer and truer, but they are on tumblr more than Facebook.

    Id love to encourage her to add a section for the students to be real like you describe in your statement.

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