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    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved © 2012 Author. All rights reserved. This ebook, It’s Title and the e-book design and layout are all, sole property of the Author itself. All other illustrations and images used in this e-book are the properties of their respective owners. No part of this publication may be re-produced or transmitted or utilized or stored in any form, or by any means without prior written permission from the Author. Notice of Non-Liability The persons organizing and maintaining this publication its author and anybody related to his organization assume no liability for errors or omissions, or for damages/disorder, caused/resulting from the information contained in this e- book. The sole objective of this publication is to inspire, motivate and educate kids to help them support understanding the in and out of Online Blogging System.
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 1 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Table of Contents INTRODUCTION - 2 Increase communication skills online and offline - 3 Developing and improving writing skills - 5 Gaining cultural awareness and greater insight to the world through interaction with people all over the world- 7 Use of technology - 9 Blogging helps kids use social media - 11 Developing social skills for life - 13 Learning how to problem solve by dealing with positive and negative comments - 15 Explore hobbies and special interest areas - 17 Understanding their social responsibility online -19 Developing stepping stones to a career and better future 21
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 2 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved I N T R O D U C T I O N he term ‘blog’ often refers to articles or blog posts on the internet that has been published. These blogs can be for private use or can be open to the public to read. It has become a well known method for providing information, personal expression and creativity online. Blogging is a growing trend for many individuals young and old. For children in particularly, there are many reasons why children would choose to blog. Often it is to express themselves freely, build their character or increase self-esteem. However, regardless of these reasons, there are a number of positive benefits that can result from blogging for children. These benefits are important to understand as they can encourage growth of self development and a range of useful skills. T
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 3 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Increase communication skills online and offline. ne of the greatest benefits of allowing kids to blog online is the ability to increase their communication skills naturally. According to leading experts, blogging improves the communication skills of children, teens and young adults. Unlike learning these skills in school, children will develop these skills overtime as they blog. As school can sometimes be perceived as work or create stress among children to perform well, blogging on the other hand can create a comfortable space where children are encouraged to grow through their creativity and interest to blog. As a result, this will allow children to improve their skills without the idea of failing, which can often be experienced in a school environment. Being able to blog at home as well also establishes an atmosphere that encourages growth of their communication skills. This provides a space for children to blog in private, without anyone judging their work. Learning how to communicate to a range of audiences can then be applied to other parts of their life. O
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 4 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved For instance in their education where children will improve their confidence in articulating ideas and thoughts in class and improve their writing skills. Socially, children will also become more confident in public speaking and become more outgoing and approachable to socialize with other individuals. This is particularly useful for children who are shy or have poor communication skills.
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 5 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Developing and improving writing skills. part from improving communication skills, blogging will also benefit children to develop their writing skills. For many children, writing with pen and paper can be an intimidating experience as there is no way to erase the mistakes or alter what was written. This makes it difficult for children to write freely. For children who lack confidence in writing, this can be a difficult challenge to overcome. Blogging can therefore help as it allows children to write and have the ability to check, remove or improve their writing as they go along. Being able to practice their writing skills online by effectively conveying their thoughts through the internet, will encourage healthy and natural ways to improve their skills. Imparting ideas and opinions is sometimes hard when writing. However with frequent practice, children can learn to perfect their skills in writing, grammar and spelling. This can provide a platform for children to build their skills and adapt these skills in school and other environments. A
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 6 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Being competent in writing is a particular skill that is transferable in all subjects studied at school. As parents are most concerned about their child’s development through their performance in school, parents will see a huge improvement of their writing skills overtime. In fact, many proud parents of kid bloggers have testified that their children’s writing skills have improved ever since they started blogging.
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 7 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Gaining cultural awareness and greater insight to the world through interaction with people all over the world. hildren are constantly growing and building their perspective on the world through their knowledge and personal experience. Blogging provides a unique avenue for children to grow their knowledge about the world. Interaction with readers is an important part of blogging which cannot be ignored. As children begin to blog, they will open many opportunities to interact with a range of individuals all over the world. This is through creating guest blog posts on other blogs, replying to emails from fellow readers or through discussion in blog comments. As a result, this allows children to build a greater understanding of cultures that exist outside of the child’s community or social network. It is particularly important for children who have not traveled or experienced other cultures other than within their own community. Children will also have the unique opportunity to interact with other children who blog as well. C
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 8 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Being able to interact with other individuals from all parts of the world, can lead to a better understanding of cultures, differences in values, religious perspectives and differences in opinions and thoughts. Often children will research and read a range of other blogs or articles online to help spark inspiration or interest for their own blogs. This in turn will provide greater cultural awareness and understanding of the world in terms of trends, interests of other writers and readers and what is happening in the news around the world.
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 9 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Use of technology oday, blogging is seen as a common practice for both adults and children. However, it is important to realize just how useful blogging can be. Through blogging, children will become more experienced and skilled in the use of technology. This means, that children will naturally pick up through experience how to use technology that experts take years to learn. This in a way is helpful for their self development and confidence. In addition, children will build their web development skills in understanding how platforms such as Wordpress work. Simple actions such as posting a blog post or inserting an image can allow children to understand the technical side of blogging without putting too much focus on it. As a result, these skills will encourage children to learn in other areas related to blogging such as programming and use of other technology mediums. It can also encourage children to continue to learn more about how technology works and to pursue an interest in this area or expertise. T
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 10 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved As blogging can be done on a computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet, children will be able to learn how to use all type of devices through their hands-on experience of blogging. More importantly, it can help children learn how to adapt their skills from blogging to other areas. Being able to understand how to transfer skills from one area to another can be an important asset to have for their future.
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 11 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Blogging helps kids use social media. nderstanding how to blog can lead children to be more competent in other forms of interaction online. This includes the use of social media. Social media networks such as Facebook, Youtube and Twitter are all useful tools to help expand their skills. Part of the reason why children should be encouraged to use social media is to increase interest and traffic to their blog. Expanding their audience of readers is an important aspect for any blogger, including children who blog. Children will begin to learn how to link their blogs to social media in a helpful way that will have positive growth for their blog. In doing so, children will receive more interaction from a larger audience of readers. Social media therefore can be a platform to showcase one’s blog. It will also allow them to develop new skills in networking with individuals from all walks of life. These networks can be helpful in the future and can be a powerful asset to have. U
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 12 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Blogging through the use of social media can also allow children to share their thoughts and writing to friends and family. This can create supporting environment for children to continue to blog and express themselves online. It can also lead to building closer relationships with individuals in a more personal and meaningful way.
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 13 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Developing social skills for life logging for kids is beneficial when it comes to developing their social skills and interests. Children who are blogging are known to have developed social skills in an easier manner compared to children who have not. Since blogging involves constant communication with other people, children are more socially inclined to interact with others in a friendly and approachable manner. Through blogging, children will receive many comments, emails and build conversations with a range of individuals. This can boost their self-esteem to know that their voice has been heard and that their opinions and ideas matter. Leading psychologists also agree that blogging can have a positive effect on children’s development of their social skills. With proper handling and guidance, children will build their confidence in dealing with others socially overtime. This is particularly important for children who lack confidence or are generally shy in nature. B
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 14 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved As children gain confidence online, they will also find strength to interact with others face to face as well. Children who have experienced bullying in school or in other environments can also find blogging useful. Developing new friends and having a following of readers can increase self confidence that will help remove any trauma that was experienced through bullying. Blogging can provide a healthy way for children to express their thoughts and interact with other children without the fear of being judged or teased.
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 15 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Learning how to problem solve by dealing with positive and negative comments ne of the greatest concerns for parents in allowing their children to blog is the fear of criticism that may result in blogging. For any blogger, reading and responding to comments by other individuals is part of blogging. However, not all comments will be positive or encouraging. Learning how to deal with comments and responses whether it is negative or positive is part of being a good blogger. For children, this can be an overwhelming experience at first. However, it can provide a vital opportunity to learn how to deal with criticism. Children may feel discouraged or hurt by some of the comments made. It is important to give children time to reflect on what they wrote in their blog and how they would like to reply back to comments and remarks. Dealing with criticism will also allow children to learn how to problem solve, which is an important skill to have. O
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 16 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved For children, this can help them take in criticism and learn how to respond to negative feedback or comments in a contrastive manner. This is a learning process, which children will experience in life regardless and can help children learn the best practices in dealing with situations that they have never experienced before when they arise.
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 17 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Explore hobbies and special interest areas ringing out the best of the kids is sometimes a challenging experience for parents. However, with blogging, children are able to explore a range of hobbies and special interest areas in an easy manner. Access to the internet can provide a free method for children to try out new hobbies and interests. They can read online, watch related Youtube videos or interact with fellow individuals who have similar interests in online forums. There are an endless amount of resources available on the internet, which can provide opportunity for children to broaden their interests and hobbies. Children who blog tend to research and find relevant articles, news and websites that interest them. This can help them provide more guidance in what they would like to blog about and find out what other bloggers are writing about. B
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 18 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved As a result, this can build their understanding of a range of topics outside of what a school, family or friends can provide. It can allow children to increase their understanding of particular topics of interests and encourage children to not only read about these topics but to participate in competitions, clubs and activities related to their interest. As a result, children will become more active in their lifestyle and gain more confidence in their self identity.
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 19 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Understanding their social responsibility online ocial responsibility online is important for all bloggers. As children increase the amount of followers or readers they have on their blog, it is important to remember the social responsibility that can come with blogging. Many readers will look up to bloggers as mentors, particularly if the blogger is relatable in their own circumstance. Therefore, their actions, words and comments can have a huge impact on readers. Therefore, it is important for children to remember what impact they can have online and the consequences that may result from their actions. For children, this can lead them to a greater understanding of their impact on others and how important it is to review their content to ensure that it truly reflects their thoughts and views in an appropriate manner. For many bloggers, giving back to the community or to charity is an important value to uphold. Having huge success can lead bloggers feeling grateful and thankful for their opportunity to blog. In return children can use their S
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 20 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved popularity to give back to their own communities or communities in need. For instance, children can write blog features about charity events or fundraisers to encourage readers and followers to donate to a good cause or participating in charity events to show support.
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 21 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved Developing stepping stones to a career and better future logging can have an immense effect on a child’s current life and future. There have been many success stories of young entrepreneurs today who have harnessed their skills at an early age through blogging to build their ideas and career path. Therefore, there is a huge potential for any child to develop their skills and grow an interest or hobby that will in turn encourage growth of a career in the future. Many skills are naturally developed or improved on over time through blogging. This includes writing skills, communication skills and social skills. These skills provide children stepping stones towards a greater idea or vision for their future. It will help shape their perspective and skills and provide them guidance a sense of direction for their career. Through self development, children will have brighter futures ahead of them. Being able to learn new skills and apply these skills is a great way for children to learn how to adapt their blogging into a career for their future. B
    • 10 Positive Benefits Of Blogging For Kids P a g e | 22 http://kidslearntoblog.com - Copyright © 2012 | Dr. Patricia Fioriello | All Rights Reserved The use of technology for example, can build an interest in a career in areas of internet marketing, programming and web development. It can allow children to think outside of the box and create new ideas that have not been invented before. Blogging allows provides a platform for children to understand how to market themselves and their blog. Through the use of social media, their personality and writing skills, children will develop marketing skills which can be used later in life. These skills can enable children to become an entrepreneur, to work in the marketing department of large companies and firms or to become the world’s greatest consultant for internet businesses.