Younger bloggers are making their presence felt through blogging and joining world-class reporters of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Those reporters could not expect to share the space with a blog run by 11 year olds, the TechNewsKids. Three kids running this TechNewsKids watched Appleâ€™s press conference and they narrated the announcement in a â€˜live blogâ€™ at the earliest. Ease of access to information and ease of managing blogging platforms are encouraging younger bloggers like Kass, Iger of TechNewsKids to start up their blogs. These blog-whiz kids are further honing their blogging skills with continuous learning process on writing, using various blogging applications, doing research on the web. Do you want your kids to start their own blog and join the clan of creative young bloggers? Here are some simple and motivating guidelines to adopt and help your kids to set up a blog â€“
1. First, start your own blog
Before you teach your kids how to set up blogging, you need to start doing it by yourself. First, set up your own blog to learn the techniques in order to impart your kids on techniques of starting blog and etiquettes of blogging. Your children will learn from your actions and get benefits from your learning process as they will slowly grasp the methods of blogging. Show your kids setting up blogs at simple blog sites such as Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger etc. Parents can help students how to express and narrate their messages in blog space.
2. Choose the right blogging platform
Not every type of blogging platform will be appropriate for your kids. Inappropriate or complicated blogging platform may turn your kidsâ€™ interest off the blogging and social media. There are several blogging websites dedicated for young bloggers and these sites render some exclusive features for children and moderation.Â Websites like Kidblog.org, Edmodo etc. provide perfect blog setup for kids to systematize and maintain their blogs. You can get your children sign up for blogs like Kidswirl, kidzworld etc. Parents must take consideration of their kidsâ€™ age, conduct research on things, what they want their kids to learn from blogging.
3. Educate kids about safety
Security should be taken into account if your child is posting for anonymous audience. Hence, you need to adopt measures to minimize risks. For example, Kassâ€™ parents restrained him from posting own photos on the blog, from including his last name, restricted way of communication to his parentsâ€™ computer. You must make sure that if anything kids find wrong or disturbing, your kids must intimate to you. You also need to check if it is appropriate to allow comments on their blogs.
Along with above strategies, parents should also help kids improve grammar and style of expression, designing siteâ€™s logo. Discuss present tech news with your kids and give them ideas on story making. You should monitor what your kids post online and the traffic to the blogs.