Common Sense Media says

Creative social site has a mixed bag of users.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site promotes creativity and self-expression, but the glogs are a mixed bag -- many are positive and creative, but a few are negative and hateful.

Violence

Some gloggers write graphically about topics like rape, war, and suicide; others post photos of guns, blood, and corpses.

Sex

Nudity and pornography are prohibited, but a few glogs contain explicit photos and song lyrics.

Language

There's a fair amount of profanity.

Consumerism

Some ads, including pop-ups.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some gloggers celebrate drug use and post photos of pot, pills, or alcohol; others caution against the dangers of drunk driving and drugs.

Privacy & safety

User profiles and glogs can be set to private. You can view some glogs without registering for the site.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that GLOGSTER is a hybrid of blogging, social networking, and digital creation. "Gloggers" must register to create profiles, add friends, and leave comments. Their "glogs" can be set to private or public. Despite being prohibited by the terms of use, the site contains some racy pictures and biased language. There are also some heavy topics such as rape, suicide, and war.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • writing

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Glogster is visually appealing and offers users lots of options for designing their glogs. Graphics are pleasing, and multiple templates open the door to creativity.

Learning Approach

Pictures, videos, and text will be thoughtfully chosen, and kids design how they work together. Online searching could help them judge the quality of search results in general. Galleries let kids share pages and get feedback.

Support

Some teens might find the editing modules a little tricky since there's no tutorial or rollover text that explains the icons. Live Pulse provides a live feed of glog activity as they're created or updated.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • writing

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations
  • producing new content

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media

Kids can learn to express themselves visually and verbally by making cool digital posters. The editing tools are similar to ones teens might use when doing web or print design. Glogs are an inventive way for kids to express an idea or a message by cobbling together diverse types of media. With guidance, an online search can be educational in itself, as kids read and review results to decide if they want to use them. Make sure they don't get distracted, though -- the Internet is a black hole for everyone! A sort of digital scrapbook, glogs invite kids to approach an idea or a topic from visual and written perspectives.

This Learning Rating review was written by Vicky Gannon

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

A social site centered on self-expression, Glogster allows users to create glogs -- online posters that contain text, images, and multimedia elements. Gloggers can upload their own photos and graphics or use an array of elements provided by the site. Registered users can also post comments, rate glogs, and add friends. The site awards "G points" to users for creating glogs, inviting friends, and embedding a glog in an online profile. Live Pulse provides a live feed of glog activity as they're created or updated.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Glogster is visually appealing and offers users lots of options for designing their glogs. Some teens might find the editing modules a little tricky, since there's no tutorial or rollover text that explains the icons. The glogs themselves are a mixed bag; some are creative and even inspiring, but a few are hateful and biased.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to use this site in a safe, creative way. What information is OK to include in your glog, and what's off limits? Which glogs do you like, and why? What would you do if you saw a glog that had racist or homophobic content? How do you deal with hateful people in real life?

  • How could you see this being used to help you in a classroom setting?

Website details

Genre:Blogging
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byoriginality95 February 22, 2010
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10
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Saftey Issues???

HMM. I just checked this site out and I wasn't blown away. It doesn't look very safe, someone could easily pose as a teenager and create and account. While the graphic images look awesome. There isn't any real point to the site. I'd rather be on Facebook, it just doesn't feel safe.

What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written bycristina0767 March 4, 2010
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17
QUALITY
 

I can't believe that this is being introduced in the school system.

What other families should know
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 11 years old Written byKid Reviewer February 23, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

I think it mighr not be safe one bit.....

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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