howtobeabloggerFull title: How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn how to create your own blog, vlog, or podcast and get it out in the blogosphere!

This is a good resource for kids who are looking to start their own online presence on a variety of platforms. From podcasts to video blogs, Birley gives basic to expert tips and safety suggestions. As a parent, I was particularly interested in his Super Skill Section 8 (begins on page 50) in which he talks about online etiquette and how to appropriately handle unruly website visitors.

(Getting on my soapbox) I think that there aren’t enough books that teach kids how to behave online. With episodes of cyber bullying and trolling on the increase, as a professional educator, I am always on the lookout for books that give effective coping mechanisms for dealing with the issues that arise. How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons is a great place to start and we need more books just like it. (Getting off soapbox)

My only complaint is that this doesn’t include “Parent Tips” or any sections about how the adults in the kids’ lives can support the effort. Birley doesn’t leave parents entirely out of the loop: “Speak to a trusted adult about any comments on your blog that make you feel uncomfortable or upset.” pg 53. But, I wish that there had been more.

The recommendation on the cover of this book is for ages 12+ but my 9 year old devoured this text. So, I’d give this to any child who is interested in digital media, no matter their age.

Thanks for reading!


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