Blogging for Kids
My oldest two girls (11 and 13) have their own blogs, which I think is great in terms of helping them both prepare for school and do well once they get there.
When my oldest daughter was in fifth grade, she begged me to let her start her own blog. I didn’t have a blog at the time, but I agreed. She does a great job, if I do say so myself.
My next daughter began begging for her own blog shortly thereafter. She’s an animal lover, and her blog reflects that.
Why let kids blog? It’s a great way for them to practice writing skills. I have seen progress in both my girls’ writing as they have blogged. For today’s tech-savvy kids, blogging is much more enjoyable than writing a paper. The writing has meaning to them; they are actually communicating with others.
My girls have also “met” some nice friends through their blogging. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at many of the neat girls out there with blogs, and somehow they seem to find each other (I hate to gender stereotype, but I’m assuming there are many more girl than boy bloggers?? Perhaps your son could help remedy that situation …)
Blogging has helped my girls with computer skills. Both their blogs are Blogger (although mine is WordPress), and I recommend that as Blogger seems a bit more user-friendy to me.
My oldest daughter took Computer as a 4-H project last year and did a poster about her blog for the county fair. She was thrilled when, after discussing it with the judge, her project was chosen as champion and went to the state fair! The girls are learning a lot about word processing, working with photos online, hyperlinking — you name it. Best of all, most of this is learned by trial and error on their own. I haven’t had to help them much (and honestly, a lot of the time they know more about it than I do!).
I know there are concerns about kids online. My rules for the girls have been not to mention their last name, not to mention their town, address, or school name. We have not had any problems. Also, their blogs are tied to my e-mail account so I can see any e-mails that might come in through their blogs.
Have fun! Even if your kids would just like to read blogs written by other kids, I know my girls would love to meet new friends and have new readers on their blogs.
My 9-year-old is now begging for a blog as well. Maybe this summer …