Website review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2019


Safe, supportive blogs boost kids' writing skills and digital citizenship

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Pros: A straightforward and safe blogging experience that supports 21st-century skills.

Cons: This is just a platform; it's up to teachers to make learning happen.

Bottom Line: It's a go-to resource for quick, safe, and easy student blogging.

Use Kidblog as a platform for your students to publish their writing, audio, visual, or video projects. With the easy embedding features from other services like Google Classroom and Clever, the sky's the limit in terms of the creativity kids can bring to their Kidblog projects. As a teacher, you can also create a class blog as a way to communicate with parents. Include information about daily happenings in the classroom, upcoming deadlines, and learning tips for students. Teachers could also use Kidblog as a digital portfolio, which could grow with students from year to year within the same school district.

The ability to adjust privacy settings on Kidblog provides an opportunity to respect (and protect) your students' privacy, but it also serves as an invitation to discuss the issue of online privacy and safety with students. Ask your students to discuss issues such as who can see their blog versus other blogs on the internet. Also, be sure to share with your class clear behavioral norms around acceptable content. Having these discussions is a great way to encourage critical thinking about the ways students interact on the web.

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Kidblog is a blogging platform intended primarily for kids, moderated by teachers, librarians, or school administrators. The site requires an adult to create a classroom or school account with only an email address. There's also a one-click option through Google's universal login, making it very convenient for Google users. After creating an account, teachers follow a set of links to set up multiple classes, adjust privacy settings, post a message, and get kids blogging.

Students aren't required to provide an email address to use the service. They can connect using only some general information: a URL, their teacher's name, and the class name (as created by the teacher). Students can then select their name from a class list previously imported by the teacher. Teachers can manage and moderate their students' blogs, and additional features include private commenting, embedding content within blogs, email support, and free themes. 

Blogging is a great way to support students as both writers and creators of digital content. Students' writing instruction can be much more meaningful when they know they'll have an authentic audience for their work. Using Kidblog, the various privacy levels allow students access to an audience that could include peers, parents, other teachers, and even the public. Students can also develop editing skills by peer-editing each other's blogs. For digital creators, publishing on the web is a great way to encourage students to learn an important 21st-century skill. Additionally, they'll get a chance to practice digital citizenship in a safe, closed environment, rather than jumping right into the deep end when they're older. 

For teachers, Kidblog has a strong social media presence, with a support blog and Twitter feed. Teachers are encouraged to share ideas, interact with others, and contact the site's support staff with any issues or requests for new features. As with any Web 2.0 tool, these features are crucial in ensuring kids' learning outcomes. On top of that, Kidblog's features make the process efficient so teachers can focus on what matters most: student learning.

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Content creation on the web is generally an engaging activity for students. Kidblog provides support so that students and teachers can focus on the writing.


Kidblog advocates teacher management of student-empowered writing, and providing a safe space for student exploration is the focus.


Safeguards and security are built in through teacher options for privacy settings; it's easy and efficient.

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Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher

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Stephen B. , Classroom teacher
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Mary E. Volz School
Runnemede, United States
A Fantastic Walled Garden
It is a wonderful teaching tool because it allows students to post what they feel and it gives me piece of mind knowing that what they post is for the class only. Signing into your class can be a little difficult sometimes if you have not set up a permanent link or bookmark to it directly. But overall a big thumbs up!
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