‘What is a blog?’
A blog is essentially a website or an on-line space (a blog is not a chat room) where children can access, display and share learning/information with an authentic audience. A blog can be very exciting, it allows people from all over the world to share our learning and make comments. It is very important that we understand how to use the blog and the internet in a secure way. This ties in with National Curriculum objectives and ICT Key Skills that the children are expected to learn and apply.
Keeping our pupils safe on the Internet is of importance to us, therefore, the following guidelines have been created and will be discussed with the children and posted up in class as a constant reminder.
Rules for Blogging and Commenting
- Only use your first name when commenting – no surnames.
- Relatives who leave comments are also asked to use their first name only or to post comments as “Jack’s Mum” or “Julie’s Grandfather”.
- Keep safe – don’t reveal any personal information.
- No text talk – write in full sentences and read your comments back carefully before submitting.
- Be polite – don’t post anything that could hurt anyone.
- Always show respect – be positive if you are going to comment and always remember that the blog is an extension of our school that the rest of the world is able to see.
- All posts and comments are “moderated”, which means checked and approved by school staff before they are allowed on the blog.