Website review by
Dana Cotter, Common Sense Media
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Publishing thoughts can be easy -- but use safety features.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 23 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some simple design skills as they choose templates, upload photos, and write posts. They'll pull together information to fill their posts ("What I did today," "Sea Otter Adventures," etc.) and figure how to present it with words and pictures. Kids can learn to write for a potential audience, working extra hard to make their content engaging to readers. Note: if their blog is open to the public, kids may also end up testing their resiliency dealing with not-always-nice comments. Motivated kids will find this easy-to-use and eye-catching platform a fun place to share their voices.

Positive Messages

Self-expression is encouraged through creativity and writing.


The site includes real stories of people's lives. Some entries discuss tragic car accidents, disabled children, gang violence, and death. Also, some political blogs give facts about foreign wars.


Because the site includes real stories of people's lives, it's possible to encounter sexual content, such as one story that references prostitution.


Journalists can express themselves freely and use language as they see fit. Therefore, kids can encounter -- or use -- iffy language.


Some blogs were created strictly as business advertisements.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some entries mention using drugs and alcohol.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMatt B. May 11, 2018

13+ if not on the public web

If they are under 16, their blogs should only be shown on the blogger website.
Adult Written byFaraz Ahmed August 10, 2011

Best Blogger

Blogger is always been best place to create free blog. I love it..
Teen, 13 years old Written bysummerbreeze February 20, 2011
Blogger is great website. You can create your own blog for free and customize it however you want. It let's you add or remove practically anything you want... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHokage4354 October 3, 2009

Mostly Appropriate- Some Mature Content

As a personal Blogger user, I can assure you that a vast majority of the blogs hosted by blogger are appropriate enough for teens to view. Since even tame pages... Continue reading

What's it about?

BLOGGER.COM is part of the Google family, sharing a simple interface and easy-to-use tools like the Google search engine most kids are familiar with. Kids can post thoughts as an online diary, share or log special interests, or start a group blog with friends and family.

Is it any good?

Publishing at 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, 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, 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.

Website details

  • 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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