Do kids blog?


Mitch Denny asks: I wonder what would happen if we encouraged school students to keep an open log of their thoughts about their studies that was accessible to teachers and parents where they could ask questions. Parents and teachers could then read the blog entries to help identify ways to help the student learn.

And I was wondering, what % of school kids currently blog? Has anyone seen a stat (in Pew etc) that pulls out that stat? I can think of a bunch of reasons having kids blog would be a good thing. There was lots of crapola that I went through as a kid which would have been good to communicate with someone outside of my immediate circle about.

Comments (14)

  1. One potential problem – if kids are blogging, what’s to protect their private information? What’s to stop some bad person from meeting them via the blog, building up trust and then arranging a physical meeting?

    If I was a kid and was picked on at school and I start blogging about my life online, surely I’d potentially be opening myself up to huge amounts of ridicule?

  2. David Cumps says:

    And another one: Some students have lots of negative things to say about their studies or teachers, so a student won’t openly speak about his teachers/studies to not get himself in trouble.

  3. Joe Surfer says:

    Do kids blog? Of course they do, especially teen age girls.

    Check out the sites xanga (big with asian kids) or livejournal (big with white kids). They both offer free and paid blogging services with zillions of kids using them.

    The kids are usually smart enough to remain anonymous, and the blogs have privacy features such as allowing you to restrict access to a closed group of friends if you want to. It seems mostly harmless.

  4. scarlett says:

    Kids are encouraged to write at school as early as 5 so this is a natural developement in their communication skills. I guess there could be a number of otions, the "strictly private blog diary " option for teenagers, restricted "scrapbook blog " for kids that can share teir stuff with peers and adults, public kids blog sites etc. A key one maybe a kids help blogline for kids that need to share or talk to someone about problems and issues, abuse etc in their lives and protect their anonymity but get help. I’m not sure if the latter exists but it should. Also as a parent i would be fascinated to just read some of these public kids sites and keep up with the kids secene, kids issues – perhaps understand my kids better

  5. frank arrigo says:

    Over the past few years, I have been a mentor at a local primary school, working with kids in Years 5 and 6. I setup a simple site that resembled a blog, but didnt have any publishing system behind the scenes (unless you call notepad and ftp a publishing system).

    Towards the end of this program, I setup my own blogger site and I encouraged my mentees to use blogger and write about any stuff, and suprisingly a number of them actually did.

    Oscar, Michael and Jason all started a blog. Most of them focused on style issues, such as putting images on, adding music etc, but some also started writing. Some of it was disturbing.

    Unfortunately once the mentoring sessions stopped, so too did the blogging. The kids were doing it not for themselves, but for me.

    This year, I am trying to encourage my two eldest sons (Antony & Billy) to blog. I am sure I will get them

    Conclusion – kids will blog, if they are motivated.

  6. I’m 16. I have a blog on my own server, and at weblogs.asp.net/bdesmond.

    Xanga.com (kid oriented blogging site) is extremely popular at my school, though it got thrown on the content filter, because, quite simply kids were posting extremely filthy remarks & content, school related and now.

    I know of another instance recently where a student made a very controversial remark on their blog, and got threats via email as a result.

    A lot of teachers use YahooGroups at my school, and it’s a very interactive forum, much more private & on topic too, I think.

    I’m trying to get email setup for all the students at the school internally, with the eventual goal that teachers will be able to setup a DL for a class with a click of a button, and there will be a nice collaborative system internally.

  7. Tatham Oddie says:

    Yes, I am yet another 16 year old that blogs…

    Alot of the concerns that keep appearing about content though are easily solved. Take a look at how i’ve handled this on my site (www.e-oddie.com). It is only new, and still rather content bare but I think it demostrates the solution

  8. some great comments folks, thanks for the input. Great to see Brian and Tatham’s activity and involvement in IT.

  9. The issue has been discussed, and, as is always the case, there are two sides to the story