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Glogster

Creative social site has a mixed bag of users.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to express themselves visually and verbally by making cool digital posters. The editing tools are similar to ones teens might use when doing web or print design. Glogs are an inventive way for kids to express an idea or a message by cobbling together diverse types of media. Students can learn about various subjects by sorting through others' glogs, as well as create their own either on a laptop, PC, or through the iPad app. A sort of digital scrapbook, glogs invite kids to approach an idea or a topic from visual and written perspectives.

Positive messages

The site promotes creativity and self-expression, but the glogs are a mixed bag -- many are positive and creative, but a few are negative and hateful.

Violence

Some gloggers write graphically about topics like rape, war, and suicide; others post photos of guns, blood, and corpses.

Sex

Nudity and pornography are prohibited, but a few glogs contain explicit photos and song lyrics.

Language

There's a fair amount of profanity.

Consumerism

Some ads, including pop-ups.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some gloggers celebrate drug use and post photos of pot, pills, or alcohol; others caution against the dangers of drunk driving and drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Glogster is a hybrid of blogging, social networking, and digital creation. "Gloggers" must register to create profiles, add friends, and leave comments. Their "glogs" can be set to private or public. Despite being prohibited by the terms of use, the site contains some racy pictures and biased language. There are also some heavy topics such as rape, suicide, and war.

What's it about?

A social site centered on self-expression, Glogster allows users to create glogs -- online posters that contain text, images, and multimedia elements. Gloggers can upload their own photos and graphics or use an array of elements provided by the site. Registered users can also post comments, rate glogs, and add friends. The site awards "G points" to users for creating glogs, inviting friends, and embedding a glog in an online profile. Live Pulse provides a live feed of glog activity as they're created or updated.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Glogster is visually appealing and offers users lots of options for designing their glogs. Some teens might find the editing modules a little tricky, since there's no tutorial or rollover text that explains the icons. Useful iPad app allows for creation on-the-go. The glogs themselves are a mixed bag; some are creative and even inspiring, but a few are hateful and biased. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to use this site in a safe, creative way. What information is OK to include in your glog, and what's off limits? Which glogs do you like, and why? What would you do if you saw a glog that had racist or homophobic content? How do you deal with hateful people in real life?

  • How could you see this being used to help you in a classroom setting?

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: reading, writing
Skills:Creativity: making new creations, producing new content
Communication: conveying messages effectively, presenting
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media
Genre:Creating
Price:$39-$390/year after seven day trial
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid

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Adult Written bycristina0767 March 4, 2010
I can't believe that this is being introduced in the school system.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byoliviat97 December 6, 2013

Not worth the Hassle!!

Not worth the hassle. I had to use it for a school project to difficult to work and hard to understand. I would have much rather used power point or prezzie is way more user friendly.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byoriginality95 February 22, 2010

Saftey Issues???

HMM. I just checked this site out and I wasn't blown away. It doesn't look very safe, someone could easily pose as a teenager and create and account. While the graphic images look awesome. There isn't any real point to the site. I'd rather be on Facebook, it just doesn't feel safe.
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