Why do teenagers blog

When children blog

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Dr. Birgit Ebbert is a freelance author and, as a qualified pedagogue, has been involved in parenting and teacher training for many years. In addition to children's books and thrillers, she writes parenting guides, learning aids, reading stories and books about working creatively with paper.

by Dr. Birgit Ebbert

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Weblogs as a communication medium of our time

While in the early years of the World Wide Web a website still required special know-how and money, today it is easily possible with building blocks and freely accessible platforms to create a to put your own presentation on the internet. Blogs or weblogs, as the correct name is, are particularly popular and widespread millions of times. The name is made up of Web for Internet and Log is the abbreviation for logbook. This already suggests that blogs were originally called Diary of individuals were seen. There is now hardly a larger company that does not have a blog on its site, and statistics say there were around the world In 2011 over 170 million blogs. Exact figures can hardly be determined because a blog is created quickly and is then often not maintained, but is of course counted as a blog on the platforms. But anyone looking for a topic on the Internet will inevitably come across a suitable blog. 8% of internet usersThe online study by ARD and ZDF found visit blog sites at least once a week, that is about as many as use photo communities or take part in online auctions.

No wonder that children get curious and so do the first Children's blogs and blog projects with children, some of which are presented in Chapter Two. Now one might wonder whether it is really necessary for children to learn to blog. In any case, they should know the mediumOn the one hand, to perceive that these blogs present the opinions and perspectives of an individual blogger, a company or a group of bloggers, and they are presented in the same way as all media content reflected and checked for truthfulness should be taken before they are taken at face value. This is a media educational taskwhich has become more important in the Internet age, but was ultimately always virulent, because reports in newspapers, television, radio or on the pages of professional web portals also represent a selection of what has happened.

But above all, children should Blogs as an instrument of participation to get to know. Blogs also allow individuals or special interest groups to express their opinions and to publish their information and experiences; this applies to groups with a special hobby as well as people with a rare disease, an unusual research focus or an age group that differs from the other media feels neglected. Children can have theirs here Explain the view of the world. Children's blogs are still rather rare, some of which you will get to know in Chapter 2. However, adults have only slowly discovered this medium for themselves; worldwide, the Number of blogs quintupled from 2006 to 2011. If 10 years ago the lack of access to e-mail and the Internet was an obstacle to blogging by children, smartphones have fundamentally changed that. Many children and young people already have theirs today own YouTube channel and find ways to express their views, experiences and experiences - all in one Vlog, the name for a video blog, or a podcast, an audio contribution. In this post, however, blogs are in the foreground as an opportunity to present one's everyday life, one's experiences and also one's special abilities to a wider public. Chapter 3 is about blogging with children, there were first projects ten years ago and today there are already the first schools that let the pupils have their say in a children's blog on their website.

The conclusion is a collection of links in which children's blogs can be found as well as the reflections of parents and educators about their accompaniment by children's bloggers.

How, where and why kids blog at home

The number of blogs where kids blog at home is currently still manageable, there is no catalog listing the blogs by author, so you have to surf through many pages to find examples. For example there is Jompa (jompablogger.wordpress.com), who blogged for a few months about his everyday life and especially about his hangover Church. His father is an avid blogger himself, who writes about what and how you spin, shares, thinks and laughs. He has given some thought to whether he should set up a blog for and with his nine-year-old son, and has also recorded this as a food for thought for other parents. Ultimately, he decided to open up this field of learning to his son, because Jompa is practically practicing dealing with media on the object here, and not just theoretically. Accompanied by his father, he has to think about what others can and cannot find out about him online. In addition, he practices a meaningful task of writing texts, discovers the structure of exciting texts and thinks about grammar and spelling.

Also Miriam (http://mirjammarx.twoday.net/) had the urge to blog after hearing that her father's best friend was a blogger. During one visit, she was allowed to write her own post and then wanted to have her own blog. For a while she wrote about her view of the world until interest waned.

Is still active against it Janiswho, however, does not have his own blog, but reports what he experiences on his parents' blog. The starting point was a family trip to Europe, which Janis ‘parents write about in a blog. This gave the boy the idea to present his point of view and blog. This is the rubric in the blog www.family4travel.de "Janis tells you something" originated.

Another example of children blogging with their parents can also be found on the blog Nordic blue (www.nordischblau.de) about a family who spends some time in Finland; In the children's blog, the children write about their experiences.
These blogs are examples that cover the spectrum of the topic well, they show the children's interest in a platform to describe their view of an event. However, it is also clear that especially the children's blogs that are accompanied and where one is kept longer Bridge to the adult world consists.

Blog projects with children in schools and institutions

The children's blogs have shown that these are particularly stable when they are related to the adult world. This coincides with the experiences a trainee teacher had with her children's blog at a school. Together with a volunteer mother, she has during the legal clerkship one Children's blog as a working group of a primary school filled. Looking back, she states that the students were initially very interested, but that only a few would have stayed with them and that Project fell asleep is when she had to change schools even after completing her legal traineeship.

Similar experiences were also shown in two projects with children's blogs that were started over ten years ago. At that time the Vienna Children's Museum exhibited Zoom hat "Zoomblox" provided a blog platform for children to post their own blogs. Zoomblox was designed as a free platform, but there were some hurdles, e.g. For example, the children often did not have their own email address, which was necessary for blogging. Then the children lacked that enduranceAs soon as they were approached and stimulated, they were enthusiastic about it, but the blogs often fizzled out. Initially, an attempt was made to compensate for this by moderating the platform, but the support costs were too high, so the project was discontinued in 2010. However, according to the project manager, there were children back then who used a blog to keep in touch with their friends or relatives.
The Munich initiative had similar experiences Studio on the Net (SiN) with the project "Child traces on the Internet"which started in 2000 and is still running in principle. Even today, the children from the initial phase could still register, but this has not yet happened. Accompanied by educators, 105 children created their own web pages at that time. In the time after that, they were able to send contributions to SIN and the employees entered them into the portal on the respective children's page. However, according to a project supervisor, interest also subsided at some point, if no input was given by the adults.

Although children's blogs need supervision to keep them going, there are schools out there that do. The Astrid Lindgren School in Kempen (http://www.astrid-lindgren-schule-kempen.de/kinderblog), for example, in whose children's blog the students about special events from school life to report. For the students, this means that they experience how a classroom text makes its way into the public domain - apparently annoying things like spelling, sentence structure and structure of a text suddenly make sense and they experience how easy it is to get a message across. Product-oriented teaching gets a new form here, which can also be implemented without great effort, and media education is placed here in a context. When working on articles, the question arises of whether you can simply publish the texts and pictures of others or which personal information strangers should read about you.

Realization is relatively easy for adults with an affinity for new media, because many websites today are based on one Content management system, which also allows the creation of a blog. Alternatively, the platform offers Primolo Teachers the opportunity to blog with children and blog. In addition, allow free blog platforms allow you to set up such a page quickly. It is important to clarify in advance who will Responsibility for the blog if it is run outside the school website, since the blog also needs an imprint if it is not run privately. Since there is a lot of legal change here, an imprint on the page is recommended in any case.


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