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Are you blogging responsibly?

posted Aug 30, 2011, 2:12 PM by sarah ruwe
What are some of the potential dangers of blogging discussed in these texts? Which of these concerns are legitimate? Why or why not? What other dangers are there in blogging that were not discussed in the texts? What should students keep in mind in order to practice responsible blogging? Suggest 2-3 rules you think would be appropriate for the class to follow as part of a blog policy.

Blogging can lead to predators stalking a young person. If you aren't careful the things you say in a blog could come back to hurt you when you apply for a job later in life. These concerns are legitimate because if your personal info is out there for anyone to see it could attract the wrong type of attention. Also, if a job wants to hire you and then reads a blog that you wrote that is inappropriate they might not hire you. Blogging can be a way to bully someone. The blog can be a person's outlet, but if the person says mean and hurtful things then it isn't actually helping anyone. Students should remember that this stuff is out there for everyone to see and it stays out there for a really long time. 

Rules for the blog policy: 
1. Use the same language you would use towards your teachers.
2. Never use your full name or personal info in your blog (address, phone, etc.)