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As cool as blogging is, one must still be careful to avoid the problem areas and/or people on the internet. As such, here are some guidelines to help you out.
Tips for Everyone
Do not assume that what you're reading is 100% true. (That blogger claiming to be a 75 year old grandmother might be a 14 year old boy - or vice versa!)
Never, never, NEVER give your personal information (address, phone number, etc.) out to anyone.
Tips for Teachers
from the parents before you even think of having your students in a blog.
Even with permission, do not identify your students by their last names.
Assume that whatever you post will be read by your students, coworkers, and superiors, because the one time you don't think they will, they will.
In the same vein, don't link to something if it's not safe for your students to see.
If you absolutely must rant and complain about your place of employment in a global forum like a blog (bad idea), have an alternate blog under an assumed name and don't mention ANY real names or locations. You still might get caught.
Tips for Students
Never, never, NEVER give out your full name or any other personal information (address, phone number, instant message screen name, etc.).
Plagiarism is still wrong. Don't copy more than a paragraph from anything and ALWAYS give credit and a link to the source of the information. After all, you'd like for people to link to you, right? It's only fair.
Don't go to meet people who talk to you online.
Just because someone wrote it doesn't mean it's true.
That cute person that wants to meet you might be a 32 year old who wants to hurt you.
Photographs can be faked or could be of someone else. Don't use them as proof of who someone is.
You are writing for a GLOBAL audience. Don't get angry when a teacher, classmate, or (oh my gosh!) parent finds and reads your blog.
You are also writing for a LOCAL audience. The content of your posts should always be safe for discussion in class.
For another wiki on blogging policies, check these out:
A Difference: Safe Blogging Resources at
Bud the Teacher's Wiki at
EduBlog Insights at
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