What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- producing new content
- multiple forms of expression
- conveying messages effectively
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
Pre-designed templates look great, and kids can choose colors and fonts, making the site their own. It can be fun and rewarding for kids to create their own blogs, but some will need structured activities to stay engaged.
Kids will have to make choices about what they want to post about, and if their blog is made public, they'll try to reel in readers. Blogger empowers kids to share, and the writing skills they practice will remain useful.
There are tons of tutorials, FAQs, and walk-throughs that make using the site so easy. Content-wise, Blogger blogs run the gamut, and kids with different learning styles can find ways to share their voices.
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 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.
Families can talk 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.