There is a new generation of bloggers hitting the Internet as well as social networking sites. This new breed of Internet bloggers include children as young as three years old. These children blog about new toys as well as social issues. What is also surprising is that these kids are making upwards of $100k a year. Not a bad amount for kids who are just entering into their primary earning years. LOL.
A recent article also states:
Sonny To – eight when he started TotallySonny (totallysonny .blogspot .com) – is among those who already find blogging rewarding. “People send me things and I review them,” he says. Headphones, a new cereal and a toy owl are among the products that Sonny has blogged about. Now nine, he claims he got into blogging for more than just free stuff. “My mum was getting loads of traffic on her blog and it seemed like fun. Blogging has also made my writing much better and I have learnt how to explain things properly. It has made me much more confident.”
Maelo Manning, who turned 11 last week, says she likes to air her views. So much so that she has two blogs – after all, they are free to set up. “It’s fun to say stuff about what you’re thinking, especially about politics.” Her Lib demchild blog (libdemchild .blogspot .com) dispels the notion that politics is just for grown-ups, and she made some cogent points about the lack of affordable childcare in one recent post, which she used to bemoan Westminster Council’s decision to shut a free play scheme. She keeps to relatively lighter subjects at lifeofabloomingchild.blogspot.com – so-called because she finds it “lovely that adults think children are blooming. I hear them talking about this all the time, as in: ‘Why is that blooming child doing that?’ ” Despite being relatively new to blogging, Maelo already has hundreds of readers from as far afield as the US, Australia and Russia.
Like any fledgling craze, blogging is likely to become more popular, rather than less; recent research by Ofcom, the communications watchdog, found that although just 2 per cent of 8- to 11-year-olds have set up a blog, nearly one in five would like to do so. And interest is higher among older children, with 15 per cent of 12- to 15-year-olds already blogging and one in four interested in starting one.
Experts agree it is unrealistic to keep children away from the web. Barrie Gunter, a professor of mass communications at the University of Leicester, says: “Kids are more confident about using tools like blogs. They see them as an integral part of their lives, compared with adults who see them as an extension.” Even child protection experts see the upside. “It’s encouraging,” says Mark Williams-Thomas, a leading criminologist. “If a nine-year-old wrote an article for a newspaper, we’d be impressed. So why is it any different if they write a blog?”
What I find interesting is that contrary to the opinions of some, blogging seems to be alive and well. If a new generation of children is already starting its own blogs, it is a great sign that blogging will continue on into the next decade or so.
What do you think?