I'm late to the RSS party. RSS has changed my view of the web, and I'm really intrigued these days by the "Web 2.0" or whatever you want to call the direction technology is taking these days. If you have no idea what I am referencing, Wikipedia provides a definition: "Web 2.0 is a term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of websites to a full-fledged computing platform serving web applications to end users. Ultimately Web 2.0 services are expected to replace desktop computing applications for many purposes." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0 .
My husband's eyes literally glazed over when I regaled him with the many benefits of RSS at the dinner table tonight. (Yes, I am a total geek.) He needs to mark my words, though, because the Internet is morphing yet again.
Anyway, this June 2004 post from The Shifted Librarian talks about an idea that has been running through my brain. Why not give kids the ability to manage RSS feeds via a news reader (news aggregator) and use them in their research? It's possible to do this Apple's web browser Safari, so I can start there with my students. However, I wonder if there's a web based option that's kid friendly. Bloglines, for instance, requires participants to be over 13. As students travel from room to room in my school, it would be great if they could take their web based feeds or links (think Furl and del.icio.us) with them.
Basically, I'd like to know if there are any blogging services, rss aggregators and rss feeds for kids in general. I am not talking about Xanga or MySpace... more like a Gaggle.net like service. When I conduct a cursory search in Google for feeds geared towards kids, I can only find a couple in Yahooligans. I'm surprised other web sites have not thought to develop this method of content delivery for at least the teenybopper set. I also wonder about RSS and COPPA, the law regarding children's privacy on the Internet. Are there any ramifications?