By Dana Cotter,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Publishing thoughts can be easy -- but use safety features.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
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.
Self-expression is encouraged through creativity and writing.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Because the site includes real stories of people's lives, it's possible to encounter sexual content, such as one story that references prostitution.
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Journalists can express themselves freely and use language as they see fit. Therefore, kids can encounter -- or use -- iffy language.
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Products & Purchases
Some blogs were created strictly as business advertisements.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some entries mention using drugs and alcohol.
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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.
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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.
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
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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