May 17, 2014 11:40 AM Subscribe
Should my young teenager use her real name on her web comic?
posted by Malla to Media & Arts (36 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My 13 year old daughter is full of awesome creative energy, and is eager to start her own web comic. She has about a months worth of panels drawn and inked, she had a domain, she is ready to go. I am very supportive of this project, and think it will be fun and a great place to stretch herself artistically.
However, I am slightly concerned about her publishing this on the web using her real name. Should I relax? I've read so many of the threads both here on metafilter and elsewhere about the creeps and trolls that sometimes show up to harass content makers IRL. Our name and phone number are not unlisted, and it feels like it would be easy to track her down. I'm not worried about commenters, she can control that. Just how common is it for web creatives to deal with the more stalkery kind of troll? No big deal, or should she use a pseudonym? (Something she doesn't want to do.)