#1. Reduces Face to Face Interaction
Spending time online can reduce face to face interaction and can affect friendships. As children devote their free time to the blog and begin to consider subscribers as friends. They could start relying on their opinions and develop unhealthy relationships online.
#2. Nasty Comments
While it is great to write about what matters to you and defend your ideals and beliefs online, people have opinions and not everyone is nice. This is even more true online, where people can hide or distort their identity.
Negative comments could distress your child and leave them feeling upset or worse. Be sure to tag your child’s blog as for kids to try and minimise these critical comments and prepare your child for receiving them before they come in.
#3. Distracts From Study
You will need to limit the time your child spends online. Blogging can distract from learning, which could contribute to a drop in academic performance.
#4. False Sense Of The World
A blog can make your child feel and act older than they are and give them a false sense of the world. Parents need to have oversight at all times to ensure their child is conducting themselves online in a safe and age appropriate way.
Ideas For A Blog for Your Child
There are an endless stream of ideas for blogs for children. Some children’s blogs tell us about a kid’s carefree everyday life. Others share their creative potential, and others ‘advertise’ children’s products. Here are some of the most popular blogging ideas.
- Lifestyle – A vlog in which parents, on behalf of the kids, talk about how their days go, what they do, where they go, what situations they are going through. These are a kind of personal diary.
- Hobbies – Not only on YouTube, but on the internet as a whole, you will find children talking about and sharing their hobbies. Some play a musical instrument, others demonstrate hand-made crafts, draw, dance, conduct science experiments, demonstrate magic tricks and recipes and so on. If your child has an interest or hobby they want to share it can be a great way for them to connect with other like minded people.
- Reviews – Your child could share reviews of toys, sweets, books, plants, recipes and much more. If your child is interested in sharing reviews, check out the different categories YouTube before they get started. Reviews as some of the most successful child blogs online. They bring their own style and personality to the reviews, and other children love to watch and read reviews from their peers.
Parental involvement is essential with any form of online activity by children. If your child really wants to give blogging a try, make sure they know the pros and the cons and how to stay safe.