Blogging can induce a sense of responsibility. You need to inform your child that blogging is not just putting random words on a computer screen. There are certain rules to blogging such as updating on a consistent basis, posting new content daily, and answering reader’s questions just to name a few.
Blogging is a way for children to communicate with friends and family. The day of the letter and postage stamp has long gone due to Email, social networking sites, and blogs. This will get them in the habit of talking to people that exist outside the four walls of their home. They also have a better chance of remembering family and friends’ birthdays, anniversaries, or special events. Although getting a birthday card in the mail is always nice, if they are talking via their blog or Email at least they are communicating. They can also get information on current events, local events, or updates on their favorite pastime such as movies or games.
Blogging can help a child think outside the box. Creativity is one of the most amazing things about children. They see the world through more innocent eyes. They have not yet become jaded by the “big bad world”. The more they work at communicating via writing, the more confident they will be when they need that particular skill. By encouraging them to write, you are unleashing all of the brilliant creativity that is tucked away in their minds.
For your child to be able to communicate clearly and effectively, they will have to increase their vocabulary. Writing allows them to do just that. They can go to a site like dictionary.com and use the thesaurus to find words that they did not previously know. Children get so excited when they learn new words. This is where you can challenge your child by having them step into the reader’s mind and ask, “how many different ways can you write this sentence using different words that mean the same thing”? Within a couple of weeks their vocabulary will have grown exponentially. It also teaches them about grammar and phrasing. These are life long skills that will help them succeed as an adult.
Make sure you discuss what your rules are for usage of the computer. Some sites are absolutely fabulous and will help your child excel, but there are some sites that are dangerous and should be avoided. Express the importance of Internet safety and keeping their information private from the Internet public. Take a few days and give them a crash course on the pros and cons of having a blog and review the safety rules. You can also set up parental controls on their computer. In the parental controls section, you can choose the level rating (G, PG, and such) as well as choosing which sites they are allowed to go on and block the ones that are inappropriate. Your child’s safety and well-being are your number one priority.
Just as your child must make a commitment to learning and writing, you must also make the commitment to understand and encourage them during this learning process. Blogging (or writing a daily journal for younger children) can be rewarding for both them and you. They will be excited at how much they are learning, you are spending quality time with them, and you get to be their cheerleader. If you show excitement and enthusiasm at how well they are doing, they will want to continue to improve.
Get your child excited to start learning and growing through blogging today. You will be amazed at how much they will learn, how much they will teach you, and how much closer you and your child will become.
Why go to an office every day and “punch the clock”, when you can potentially make the same salary you currently receive or even more by blogging. There are other advantages such as setting your own hours, not having to wear the suit and tie, and have the freedom to attend your child’s soccer game or watch them play in the band at football games. Click here