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If Every Family Had a Blog…

How would digital literacy and behavior improve if more families saw blogging as a way to communicate, connect with extended family members, and teach their children the basics about global communication? Would they be thrilled that their children had a big head start developing digital citizenship skills? Would they be delighted at all of the writing taking place and take pride as they watched children develop stronger writing skills?

Blogging is safe and easily managed. While we’ve all heard the scary stories, such as people going online and writing mean comments or nasty rumors that go public or even viral — in truth just about all blogging is safe and fun. Blogging teaches people to write, revise, write more, and publish for a community of readers.

Imagine, for a moment, if a family with two children, age five and seven, along with a bunch of relatives, starts a blog.

  • Family members, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins write, post, and comment. Parents are editors and managers, at least at the beginning, modeling and demonstrating how to use technology (social media) appropriately. Gradually family members share responsibilities.
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The 10 Commandments of Commenting — Positively Rephrased

You may also want to read my post, Conversations on Commenting.

A Few Etiquette Pointers Rewritten for Students and Their Parents
(or The 10 Commandments of Commentingpositively rephrased.)

  1. All comments leave digital footprints — any comment posted at a website will be accessible for years.
  2. Be specific and demonstrate with your comment that you have a genuine interest in the topic.
  3. If you disagree, that’s fine, but include at least a bit of constructive criticism.
  4. You may share something about yourself, but avoid blatant self-promotion.
  5. Stay on topic. Brevity is good.
  6. The quality of your language counts. Do you want your digital footprints to include obscene and foul language or rude and disrespectful information?
  7. If you just want to say you like the post or article, use the like or share link.
  8. A comment is a piece of writing and the comment writer is the author.
  9. Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 2.59.00 PMAll of the comments that you leave will become a part of your digital dossier.
  10. It’s your writing. What conclusions will people draw about you when they read your comment?

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