I find it incredibly important that anyone can read our posts and so far my school district has agreed. I do, however, give parents a way to opt their students out of blogging if they do not feel comfortable with their child doing it since it is so public. However, no student has ever been opted out. Safety is my main concern, as well as how these students represent themselves, so I do moderate all posts before they are published. I do not get an email but simply check every day. My students blog too much for me to be notified each time one of them writes a new post.
Again, we do not have password to leave comments on our site nor do you have to be an approved member. We blog to start conversations with others around the world and as long as I am moderating all comments, I feel we can do it safely. Every once in a while do I need to delete a comment before a student sees it but mostly because it is a spam one or a duplicate one. In the three years I have blogged with students, i think we have had 2 insensitive comments left. i deleted them – no harm done.
Finally, Student Settings:
This is where Kidblog keeps proving its brilliance and relevance; this year they added that students could edit their own profiles, thus customizing it to fit their needs. This has been a huge hit for my students because they feel more in control of their blog and the image they are presenting to the world. I also like that they can change their password since this is an important computer skill for them to be aware of. I can still access all of their accounts without knowing their password.
So there you have it, our settings for our classroom student blog, I hope it was helpful, as always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. And no, I am not a paid spokesperson for Kidblog; I just love their blogging platform. If you happen to live in the Wisconsin, Illinois area, I will be presenting on student blogging at ICE on February 28th.