Blog First Steps

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by Mrs. Watanabe

Today we talked about digital citizenship and internet safety. We talked about being members of our physical community and members of a digital community. In both communities, we have expectations for being a good citizen and being safe.

Some of the safety and citizenship expectations students knew were:

  1. Keep your personal information safe, such as your full name, address, phone number, etc.
  2. Don’t post or comment about where people can find you. For example, don’t share that you will be at soccer practice from 7:00-8:00 tonight at the park.
  3. Be respectful and polite online.
  4. Since blog comments are like friendly letters, we should follow the friendly letter format.

What’s our next step?

  1. Watch a BrainPOP Online Safety video to see what we can add to our list.
  2. Visit one of these blogs and decide how well they follow Internet safety and digital citizenship rules:

What do you think we should add to our Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship expectations?

What did you notice/learn from investigating the above blogs?

What have you learned from this discussion/post, and what questions do you still have?

12 Responses to “Blog First Steps”

  1. jgoucher says:

    Dear Mrs. Goucher’s Class,

    I am really proud of you guys because you are so aware of being safe online. Here are some things we learned: we are always appropriate; we do not give away our passwords to anyone but our parents or teacher; log in to place a comment so we do not give away our email address; and if you get an email from someone you do not know you should get an adult to open it for you.

    Mrs. Goucher

  2. Mr. Hobley says:

    Mrs Goucher,

    I like the idea of using a (glogster?) visual to share students’ ideas about blogging guidlines. Creative! I’m excited to share the blogging challenge with my students. Happy blogging.

  3. Hi Mr. Hobley,

    Good eye on the Glogster. Yes, it has been a favorite of mine recently because it’s quick to create, it is visually appealing, and it’s an example of something the kids can create. We are really excited about the blogging challenge. It is new to Mrs. Goucher’s classroom and we are looking forward to the connections we make with others.

    Kind regards,
    Mrs. Watanabe

  4. gfraher says:

    Dear Mrs. Goucher’s class,

    Thank you for this post. We learned some new ideas and reviewed some ideas such as:
    1) Use common sense.
    2) Keep our identity safe by not sharing passwords or sharing personal information.
    3) We need permission to create videos or take pictures of other people because it might not be okay with them to post those online.
    4) Our comments need to be respectful, polite, and positive.

    Mrs. Fraher’s class

    • jgoucher says:

      Dear Mrs.Fraher’s class,

      Thank you for the comment about Internet safety. Are you having fun learning about blogging? We hope you are having fun blogging and can’t wait to see your blog! You should check out Mr. Davo’s blog because you might learn some facts about Austrailia.

      Are you doing any fun projects?

      We hope you have a great day! We can’t wait to communicate with you again.

      Mrs. Goucher’s class

  5. Andrea says:

    Hi 4th Grader’s!

    I hope you are having a wonderful Monday.
    Sounds like a fun week and yummy treats today!

    Have a great long holiday weekend.

    Hunter’s Mom – Andrea

  6. jgoucher says:

    Dear Hunter’s Mom,

    Thank you so much for saying hi to us on the blog. Did you notice anything we could have missed about digital citizenship? Have you ever blogged before?

    Did you know you are the first parent to post on our blog? CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

    We hope you have fun camping. Please follow our blog and post a coomment again.

    Mrs. Goucher’s class

  7. Ms. Olen says:

    Dear Mrs. Goucher’s Class,
    Thank you for teaching us about internet safety. During this time we learned that we should be good digital citizens,safety and not to share passwords.
    By visiting Mr. Davo’s blog we found out that Ms. W’s visiting us as well!
    Ms. Olen’s Class

  8. Amber Moore says:

    Dear Mrs. Goucher and class,

    Today we reviewed Internet safety by going to your blog and this is what we learned:

    1) Do not give out personal information.
    2) Do not talk to strangers on the Internet except for when we are on our class blog or a blog that is linked to our class blog.
    3) Be respectful to other people on the Internet.
    4) Also get your parents permission to go on the Internet.
    5) Do not answer emails from strangers.

    Thank you Mrs. Goucher’s class for teaching us about Internet safety.

    Mrs. Moore and class

  9. Melissa says:

    Dear Mrs. Goucher’s Class,
    Internet safety is very important. You have to be very careful what information you put out.


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