Classroom Blog Safety Measures

It is important while setting up a classroom blog to keep in mind safety measures that will protect the students online and reduce risk. A few important guidelines should be followed throughout the classroom blogging experience to promote these safety measures. Students should first only identify by their first names while posting online. This is important because it allows the students to become anonymous to a point and protect the students further from threats that occur online. Posts should not include personal details about a student either. This would include things like addresses, family information, telephone numbers, schools name or a friends personal information. Knowing that the internet is open to all, we do not want students to give up personal information that could lead to harming them in the future. When parents leave comments on a blog they are also asked to only identify their child by their first name. The teacher should also talk to the students about bulling online and how it is not acceptable. The STOP, BLOCK, TELL rule is a good one to follow for online bullying. All of these safety measures can be managed by having the teacher first approve posts and comments before they are put on the Internet. That way if a student is engaging in unsafe internet practices the teacher can catch these and stop them before the post is shared with the world online. Students should also know about general online safety as well. Speaking to them about things like not meeting up with anyone face to face they meet online is important. Moreover, students should know to never share Internet passwords with anyone except their parents. Parents should also be informed to check the privacy settings on all devices and sites their child is using. The settings should be the highest possible.

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