Cyber Safety Blotter

Online Blogging 101

March 11, 2013 9:01 AM

Blogging is described as a, "diary on a website".  It is a frequently updated personal journal chronicling links at a web site intended for public viewing.  Posting blogs allows children to develop both their technical and creative skills.  It also lets them connect to other users with similar interests and write about their experiences, their personal lives, popular culture and any other topic that crosses their mind.

Discussion Starters: Start a discussion with your child
• Do you keep a blog?
• Who do you think is reading your blog?
• Would you feel comfortable letting anyone read your blog?
• Is your blog set to private? Why or why not?
• What do you think your blog says about you?
• Can you show me some of your favorite blogs?

Blog Safety
• Establish guidelines with your child before you allow him or her to blog, such as reviewing the blog before posting.
• Ensure your child is using privacy settings.
• Have your child remove any identifying information from all postings – full name, age, location/address, phone numbers, and school information.
• Caution your child about the dangers of posting inappropriate or provocative information or images.
• Encourage your child to come to you if anything on the blog site makes him/her feel uncomfortable.

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