What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the WordPress terms of service stress the app is only for kids 13 and older. Teens can create blogs or update their blog from their mobile device using the app. Blogs or specific posts can be password protected or made private, but teens are publishing their information to the Internet, so it's important that they're careful about what they share. Though teens can request that their posts not be included by search engines, WordPress does admit that search engines may not honor that request.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- conveying messages effectively
- digital creation
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
This app exists to give users a platform to freely share their thoughts on any subject, which should be engaging to most kids (and possibly very fun!). It has a clean interface, and design can easily be customized.
Learning with WordPress depends on what kids bring to it. Comments allow kids to get feedback on their posts, and writing about subjects of interest should help them to get comfortable sharing opinions and passions.
The interface is easy to use and is well-explained, and blog templates can be as simple or as complex as users would like them to be. There's a vast amount of helpful info both from WordPress and outside sources.
What's it about?
Teens can use WORDPRESS for the iOS or Android device to create and manage WordPress blogs. Teens can post blog entries with text, photos, or video as well as manage their blog's templates and design, approve comments, and manage the blog. In addition, teens can use the Reader tab to read blogs they follow or search for blogs on subjects of interest.
Is it any good?
For users with WordPress blogs, the WordPress app can be an easy way to update and add posts when away from the computer. In fact, for some teens, the app could be their primary blogging tool. The mobile apps for iOS and Android are quite different. The Android layout is very user friendly. The iPad version isn't as clear, but it's easy enough to follow. Photos and videos are very easy to post using the Quick Post feature with no uploading required. Users can also post using voice-recognition dictation, which is pretty fun and easy.
Families can talk about...
Encourage your kids to be cautious about what they write and post online. They can't fully control who will see the information, and even once it's deleted, it could be cached and still available.
Read your kids' writing -- online or off -- and talk about their ideas and expression.