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Response to "Blogging Responsibly"

posted Aug 30, 2011, 9:56 PM by Brandon Kuhl
Within the two passages, I found some clear similarities.  Each depict a scenario in which blogging has negative effects.  Blogging does not only characterize itself with sites such as "Wikispaces" or "Blogger," it is found in very common sites such as "Myspace" and "Facebook."  According to "School's Grapple with Policing Students" by Amanda Paulson, roughly four million members ranging from age 12 and 17 actively participate in online blogging.  Due to this statistic, one could only agree that much safety needs to be initiated in order to protect this particular audience.  

Blogging is not a private form of communication.  Millions of viewers may obtain a particular person's personal thoughts and information.  Within this article, Paulson depicts the varying age groups with their opposing text and common "cyberbullying."  Cyberbullying is a prominent concern among school officials and parents alike.  The subject redefines tradition, displaying the danger of online teasing and verbal communication.  After a young female committed suicide due to this very subject of cyberbullying, school officials began to initiate much recognition into the online communities; in turn creating mass disagreements among students and parents.  

The large concern among schools today involves the topic of cyberbullying.  Many students or parents entirely oppose the idea of supervision in and out of school on these  online communities.  Ones who oppose this believe there is much privacy needed and that schools must respect this; counter arguments disprove this by displaying the lack of privacy truly found on these massive sites.  Due to the common circumstances on this subject, I feel as if this is truly an issue that needs to be looked at.  Although I support the idea of supervision online, I feel as if the responsibility should be found in the parents of these students, rather than the schools and their faculty.  The subject needs attention due to the growing accidents relative toward cyberbullying itself. 

I believe the two sources were adequate representations of privacy and responsible blogging.  I believe one subject not thoroughly covered in these two sources, though, would be chat rooms and the harm surrounding them.  Some abuse this, often taking advantage of minors.  I believe this is a likely issue being covered but just left out of these two sources.  In order to establish a responsible blogging behavior, students should be conscious of the personal information being posted.  Students should not post any personal information (birth date, full name, number, etc.).  I also feel that students should be aware of their audience.  With these couple of steps, a responsible blogging behavior should be established or sustained.       
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