Blogger

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Limited access to great platform; website more versatile.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn the basics of recording and sharing their thoughts on their own blog or on a class blog shared with other students. Kids can share text and photos using the app's simple posting tools and learn about what they'd like to share with the public (hobbies, ideas, stories) and what should be kept private (too much personal information). Blogger is a convenient way for kids to create and share their own content online, but the app is hampered by crashes and other functionality problems.

Ease of Play

Users of both the iOS and Android versions of the app report frequent crashes and other usability problems. 

Violence

Content includes real stories of people's lives, which could include violence or war. 

Sex

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the app version of the classic Web-based blogging platform Blogger. It's fine for creating simple blog posts with some text and an image. However, for more complex blog posts with embedded images, videos, and links, using a device's built-in Web browser is a better way to access Blogger services without frustration (because it's also a bit buggy). If your kid has her own blog, be sure to monitor the privacy settings as well as the content she's posting.  

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What's it about?

BLOGGER is Google's built-in blogging platform. The Blogger app gives kids one-touch access to making simple text-based posts that can feature a picture or a location check-in. With a single Google login, you can create blogs or join as a contributor on blogs others have created. Users can choose to tag their current location, post a saved photo, or take and upload a new one.

Is it any good?

Unfortunately, the Blogger app only offers bare-bones access to the many features available on the Blogger website. Plus, drafts save inconsistently and pictures don't always come through, making the app inconsistent and occasionally unreliable. Kids and parents who use Blogger-based blogs might be better served accessing them through their devices' Web browsers. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sharing. What's appropriate to share with an audience of friends and family? How about the whole world? 

  • If kids have a special hobby or interest, they can write about it on their own blog. If they're very young, help them organize their thoughts and ideas into a post format. 

App details

For kids who love sharing

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