At Backward Messages, I give you the straight story on all the influences you’ve been told will turn your teen violent: the occult, violent video games, heavy-metal music, and more. I look at the media's ill-informed, negative portrayals of these subcultures, and I debunk much of the scientific research "proving" they're harmful. Many of these pastimes can be a healthy part of growing up, and I want to show you how.
Look at the stream to the left to see my latest posts at Backward Messages, and click through to join the conversation in comments.
My posts are also syndicated to Open Salon, where some have been named "Editor's Picks."
Some of my posts (and related guest blogs) have been picked up elsewhere. Here's a roundup:
Metal Monday: When heavy metal becomes linked with crime, USAToday.com
The Loughner double standard, MotherJones.com
Frightened by your teen's interests? Get involved!, Radical Parenting
Defending death metal to the, um, death?, DadWagon
Unleash the Hounds!, The Wild Hunt