Cool Cat Kid Blog: Can young kids blog?


I've used this weekend to welcome my children to the blogosphere.

I have been concerned that there are few blogs for kids by kids where I can be certain that the material will be clean, family oriented, and kid friendly. So, my children and I have created one of our own at coolcatkid.blogspot.com. I hope other families will begin to do this!

I have several reasons:

  • It is the future of my children. I was programming at age eight — why can't they blog?
  • It will give them opportunity to write. I have them Save as Draft and I proof and coach them to help them.
  • I want to understand kid blogging issues.
  • I want to experience first hand their learning, frustrations, and joys with the experience.
  • I want to apply blogging to my classes but am grappling with how. I will probably use Dave Warlicks Classblogmeister tool.

I have a couple of constraints:

  • My children are not allowed to use their names.
  • All comments are moderated and go to my e-mail box.
  • No information resides in their profiles — someone would have to contact me.
  • All entries in the blog are e-mailed directly to me just in case they post accidentally.

My kids are loving it. I have an eleven year old son and a nine year old daughter so I think that the full spectrum of kid interests will be represented. I look forward to their seeing that there is a larger world than our small town of Camilla, Georgia. I've told them that anything from the links to Amazon goes into their college fund.

Welcome to the blogosphere cool cat kids!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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2 comments

Anonymous September 1, 2007 - 9:30 pm

HI I am an early childhood technology teacher and I am also looking for ways to blog with my students. I hope that our classes can communicate with each other through this blog and maybe we could set up a collaborative lesson for our classes to do together.

Carrie July 17, 2008 - 12:58 am

Hi Vicki! I love reading your blog. I am a relatively new blogger but have two blogs one for school and one for my graduate Telecommunications Class.
http://truddentechnology.edublogs.org
http://blogallaboutit.edublogs.org

I’m working on some posts for my graduate program about the benefits of blogging with kids and I found this post of yours!

I love that you are using Blogs with your own kids. Do you know of other blogs out there made by kids for kids, especially kids in elementary school like the ones that I teach?

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