The Joy of Podcasting for Kids


The Joy of PodcastingIf you spent any part of your childhood in the 1970s or 80s, then the chances are, you had at least a few attempts at trying your hand as a DJ, with the help of that old cassette player and a blank tape. Who could resist creating their own radio show, complete with music, the latest news and razor sharp interviews with local celebrities? Often the reality was not quite as  grand as you might have dreamed, and the biggest celebrity you were likely to hook was the postman or the woman next door.

It is easy to think that the simple pleasures we had as kids in our own youth are all consigned to the past, but this particular pastime is now bigger, better and easier than ever before, thanks to the wonders of the podcast. You’ve probably listened to plenty, but have you ever considered the benefits of podcasts for kids? Or even better, what about helping them to create their own? It’s easier than you might think.
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Planning

Before they begin, there is plenty of planning, or preproduction as it’s known, to do. Who will listen to the podcast? Friends?  Parents?  Or maybe they will create something aimed at Grandma and Grandpa. Deciding on the audience is the first step to deciding on the content.

Next, they need to come up with an imaginative name for the podcast.

Finally, who will be involved and what will be the format? Perhaps someone will act as host, while others present their own segments. Have a rough idea of the length of the podcast or it can meander on forever. About eight minutes is ideal for both the creators and the audience!

Have a dry run first, and then you are ready to go.
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Recording

Your PC or iPod has its own microphone feature that should be perfectly adequate and there is plenty of free software available, so there is no need to spend money on expensive equipment.

If the kids find they are really getting into their podcasting, you could consider investing in a USB headset microphone. Not only will this reduce background noise but the kids will love the professional feel of putting on the headphones to say their piece.
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Fun and Educational

As well as being huge fun for all concerned, there is also an educational side to podcasting. If your kids are among the many who feel uncomfortable or nervous about speaking in front of others, this is a great way for them to get into the habit in a no-pressure environment.

 

Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.

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