Dear Amy: What are some safe, kid-friendly websites where kids and teens can start their own blogs? — Katharine, Norwood Young America, Minn.
Dear Katharine: There are a lot of blogging websites available, but most of them require users to be 13 or older. A great blogging alternative for kids is Yoursphere, yoursphere.com. This kids-only social networking site is free to join and features games, blogs, a virtual world and more.
If you’re 13 or older, it’s OK to use one of the major blog sites such as Blogger, blogger.com, or WordPress, wordpress.com. These sites can be safe as long as you’re smart about what you post. You should never post personal information on a blog or anywhere else online. This includes your full name, address, phone number, email, school name or any other information that could be used to personally identify you.
For more safety tips on blogging, visit microsoft.com/security/family-safety/blogging.aspx with a parent or guardian. It’s a good idea to set blogging guidelines with a parent or guardian before you start publishing your new blog. Have fun and stay safe!
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