When teachers introduce blogging into the classroom it’s paramount that before they let students touch that keyboard that they lay firm guidelines as to what they can and cannot do. Not only will this help save the teacher future issues with parents and administration, but it could help students avoid potentially dangerous situations.
The following are 5 steps that one should take before entering the blogging world with their class:
- Talk to your technology coordinator and/or administration to see what policies the school already has in place.
- Either with the school policies, or from scratch, formulate the set of guidelines that you will present to the student.
- Using these guidelines create a contract that you go over with the student.
- Have the student and their parents sign this contract.
- Get ready to have fun.
Even if your students are following those guidelines there are still some things that you may need to watch out for, such as:
- Inappropriate spam to their blog’s comment sections.
- Strangers posting inappropriate or illegal material to the comments section or attempting to get in contact with the student.
- Students inadvertently posting information that may help others discover who they are in real life.
- Bullying from other students who have created new anonymous accounts.
There are many other things to watch out for, and a number of rules you may want to consider before setting up your students with blogs. Take a look at the following links to read more on the topic.