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04 October 2010

How to Help Your Child Set Up a Blog

There's an interesting post for parents on Mashable today: HOW TO: Help Your Child Set Up a Blog.

The post begins:
"Reporters from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times probably didn’t expect to be joined by TechNewsKids, a blog run by 11-year-olds. Yet all three covered Apple’s press conference this September. Benno Kass and Max Iger of TechNewsKids watched the live-stream of the announcement online so that they could “live blog” its contents as soon as possible.
Simplified blogging platforms and increased access to online information — even breaking stories like the Apple announcement — make it easier than ever for Kass, Iger and other young bloggers to independently post to the web. And as they post, they’re also learning how to research, write and use a web publishing platform.
Parents should be thrilled by this educational opportunity, says Dr. Patricia Fioriello, the author of kidslearntoblog.com. Unfortunately, they’re more often unsure of how they can help their children take advantage of it."
The author, Sarah Kessler, goes into detail with 5 guidelines you can use to help guide your child, giving examples and weblinks:
1. Learn About Blogging Yourself
2. Choose an Appropriate Blogging Platform for Your Child
3. Teach Your Child About Safety and Citizenship
4. Enhance the Educational Experience
5. Monitor What Your Child Posts Online

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