Internet safety is of the utmost importance to me. Blogging is safe if students follow the guidelines I have outlined. As well, because our class blog is an educational blog, built into our guidelines are some rules that will help us to ensure our blog is being used in a way to help us learn more and improve our literacy skills. Parents, when students are using the blog at home, please ask them to have you proofread their comments before hitting the publish button. This will help to limit mistakes in their writing and will also help further ensure their safety.
When writing on our blog, please follow the guidelines below.
1. Students using blogs are expected to act safely by keeping personal information out of their posts. You agree to ONLY using your first name when publishing work or comments on the blog. You agree NOT to attach any names to photos on our blog.
Remember NOT to share your YAPPY (Thanks to Mrs. Yollis for this idea!)
Y – Your full name
A – your Address
P – your Phone number
P – any of your Passwords
Y – Your age or any other personal information identifying you
To rephrase, this means that you agree NOT to post or give out your last name, home address, password, phone number, age, username, email address, or other information that could help someone locate or contact you in person. You may share your interests, ideas, and preferences.
2. Parents, caregivers, or other relatives should not leave full names when commenting on the blog that may help identify their child. It is best to sign comments as “Taylor’s mom” or “Adam’s uncle.”
3. Students agree to never log in as another student or publish work under another persons name.
4. Students using blogs are expected to treat blogspaces as classroom spaces. Speech that is inappropriate for class is not appropriate for the blog. While I encourage students to have discussions with other bloggers, I also expect that they will be respectful and represent our school in a positive way.
5. Blogs are to be a place for students to give their opinions. However, they are first and foremost a tool for learning, and students will be expected to follow the same rules we have for classroom discussions.
6. Blogs are a way for students to share their writing with real audiences. Most visitors to your blog who leave comments will leave respectful, helpful messages. If you see a comment that makes you feel uncomfortable or is not respectful, tell your teacher right away. Do not respond to the comment.
7. Students will write quality comments that follow a letter format (greeting, content, closing) that will be taught in class and outlined on our blog. Students will NOT use the blog as a chat site, but use the blog to have valuable conversations about their learning and new learning that others have added to our blog. Students will use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and spacing when writing on the blog.
8. Students who do not follow these guidelines may lose their opportunity to take part in the blogging activities. Make up work will be assigned in its place.
9. Visitors who attempt to use the blog for spamming purposes will not have their comments approved. Likewise, visitors who leave comments that are not appropriate for our students will not have their comments approved. These visitors will be blocked from any future commenting.