UPDATE: Google was going to block all porn from Blogger, now 2 days later they reverse the block. Very Sad.
“Well that was fast. Google only declared that it would begin cracking down on adult content posted to Blogger a few days ago, but it’s already decided it was a bit hasty in its decision. After coming under fire over the introduction of a retroactive change that would ban sexually explicit images and video and also required owners to delete older content, the search giant has told users that it will crack down harder on the publishing of commercial porn instead.
See full article here. via Engadget
What It Is:
Blogger is a free blogging platform that makes it fairly convenient to start and maintain a blog.
What It Does:
Owned by Google, Blogger offers various templates and plug-ins that allow users to create and manage a blog, as well as providing tools for analyzing the traffic to your blog. Blogger also features a “Blogger Buzz” news feed that keeps bloggers up to date on changes to the platform and other tips on how to make your blog more successful.
Would My Child Want It?:
Blogger is a dynamic blogging platform, but it is not for the average, everyday internet user. While there is a mode of social interaction built into Blogger via the availability of comments on each blog post, it doesn’t have the same social cachet as a blogging platform like Tumblr (or even WordPress). Unless your child wishes to create a more text-based blog, it’s likely they won’t want to explore the depths of Blogger.
Where Can It Be Used?:
Blogger can be accessed primarily through the internet; Google has also created a mobile app.
What Should I Watch Out For?:
- Unless you set your blog as private or as a membership-only group, it is available to be viewed by anyone online. This can lead to potential trolling, bullying, and/or hate speech from outside users, especially if your blog has a comments section.
- Blogger requires a Google account to be used, meaning Google is tracking your data and interests in order to monetize them down the road.
What Are The Positives?:
- Easy creation and publication of your own blog.
- Gives you a platform to develop your writing style and writing habits, even allowing easy critiquing among fellow writers through private and group blogs.
- Monetizing a blog can teach the basics of online earning.
What Are The Negatives?:
- There’s a moderate possibility for exposure to unsavory people online, whether that be through comments sections or through the “contact us” link on a blog, which provides strangers with your email address.
- It can be very easy to become overly obsessed with site traffic and settings, as well as modifying your writing style or topics to please an audience rather than yourself.
What We Think:
Blogger is a very useful blogging platform that has many potential benefits and few downsides. Should you decide that your child is mature enough to use Blogger, they are probably going to be fine on the site. Adjust the availability of their blog according to your comfort level, and be sure to have their username and password in order to keep tabs on their activity and keep them as safe as possible.