WordPress

Common Sense Media says

Slick app for blogging on the go; teens and older only.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The WordPress apps for iPad and Android are both open source programs and are pretty different. The Android app is very easy to follow with an easy graphical dashboard that puts all the controls on one page. The iPad app is laid out in a manner that takes some getting used to, but the controls for posting are still easy to figure out.

Violence

The WordPress app contains no objectionable content, but other users may publish blog posts with violent images, ideas, videos, or links.

Sex

Though pornography is prohibited, users may publish objectionable content to their blogs.

Language

Though the app has no inappropriate language, user comments could include inappropriate language.

Consumerism

Some WordPress blogs have ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking, drugs, or smoking could be mentioned in comments.

Privacy & safety

Kids can choose to have blog posts or entire blogs be private or password protected or not included in Internet search engines, but with WordPress or any blogging application, they are publishing their ideas to the Internet.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • writing

Skills

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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 Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • writing

Skills

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media

Kids can learn to refine their writing by publishing it with WordPress. Teens can learn to understand the recursive process of writing and can continue to revise and edit even after their work is published electronically. They can also learn about effectively using technology to communicate. WordPress is an easy way for teens to update their blogs and publish writing for an authentic audience.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:February 25, 2013
Category:Social Networking
Size:5.90 MB
Publisher:Automattic
Version:3.5.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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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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Kid, 9 years old April 2, 2013
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9
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Nice

I have a blog on Wordpress so, I think it's safe for kids 9 & up.

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