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Encouraging Digital Kids to Write Polished Comments


Part of becoming a strong 21st Century digital learner is mastering the art of writing and sharing comments online.

If you read comments at the end of articles or blog postings, you have surely discovered more than a few inappropriate and sometimes distasteful remarks. Sometimes people leave these comments anonymously. Posted by folks who do not understand why websites invite visitors to share thoughts and ideas, many unfiltered remarks are permanently attached to websites — personal indiscretions waiting for the whole world to discover. Even leaving an anonymous comment is not particularly secure.

Read a short post and watch a video on newspaper comments, uploaded by the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard. Some newspapers sites, such as the Boston Globe, post a short and succinct comment policy with a link to a more detailed document.

Helping children avoid public website blunders is one reason to discuss commenting etiquette. Children don’t know or they forget that all comments leave digital footprint trails, little paths of information that last much longer than a child’s pre-adolescent and even teenage years.

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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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