Best Practices in Educational Blogging
Just like most district’s AUP policies, blogging needs to be included. With blogging just starting to come a mainstay in the educational realm, districts should review their policies to ensure blogging is included. If not, students are going to take full advantage of “no policy.” Just as with AUP’s, a blogging section in the policy should define what a student can and cannot do on the blog. It should also have a section for parents to review and sign so they know what is going on at school. The district should also list out offenses and consequences if the rules are not followed.
Safety is always a concern no matter what one does. For blogging, one of the biggest concerns is putting up information that can be tracked and is personal. Blogging has the potential to be reached/seen by all kinds of people in many different places. One wants to make sure they do not list anything which might give away their location, especially for middle/high school students. One never knows why someone is following your blog.