Does your teen have friends or relatives who live in another state or country? If your teen is computer savvy, you can encourage them to create a blog to keep everyone up-to-date on all their developments, as well as teaching them about the digital world. Here is how to do it:
- You do not have to be a social media expert to help your teen set up a blog. There are plenty of free blogging platforms available with helpful and easy-to-understand instructions.
- It is important to stay cybersafe when blogging, so try to be involved and help your teen build their blog. You might encourage your teen to use a platform that keeps the blog private, so that they (with your guidance) can control who has access, rather than one that it is open to the world.
- If the blog is public, discourage your teen from using their own name, and any identifiable information like the school your teen attends or any photos that could identify the school.
Giving your teen an online place to share their stories about day-to-day happenings improves their creativity, literacy and also teaches them valuable IT skills. Please note, experts recommend children under 13 avoid blogging.
The Children’s eSafety Commissioner has some great resources for parents available.