A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Google-owned site is a personal online diary of thoughts and pictures where users have the option of letting public readers add comments. In order to restrict access to blogs with sexual material, parents can turn on SafeSearch filtering with the Google search tool. However, violent and otherwise iffy content (drugs, drinking, swearing) isn't blocked, and if kids choose to "publish a site feed," i.e. open up their blog to public comment, there's the chance that comments could be unfriendly.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Publishing at Blogger.com is free and very simple with design templates, drag-and-drop page-building features, and easy-to-follow help resources. Searching other blogs is also a simple process, but it can be a jungle out there without turning on the Google SafeSearch feature. People write about everything -- and anything -- at Blogger.com, and like many online communities, there are a lot of blogs that are not kid material.
If the SafeSearch filter is turned on with Google, Blogger.com is a great place for kids to create, express themselves, and share ideas with others. It can also be a great way to manage photo albums and mobile phone pictures all in one place.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what type of blog their kids might be interested in starting. Would it take the form of a diary, follow a special interest, or be a part of a family or group blog?
Families can also discuss what's appropriate to say in a public blog. Read our Internet safety tips for high schoolers for talking points.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, reading, writing
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, presenting
Creativity: producing new content
- Genre: Blogging
- Pricing structure: Free