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Internet Safety Tips When Your Child Wants to Blog

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Blogs are increasing in popularity not only among adults but with teens and children as well. Children are also more and more getting interested in blogging. With the growing popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, blogging has grown to be another new hobby. Internet users have a variety of options available to them for publishing and maintaining a journal online. Because children are exposed to a variety of blogs accessible online on a daily basis, it is not unusual that they may be influenced to make one of their own, too.

The initial step parents should take when a child takes interest in creating a blog is to discuss thoroughly the expectations with the child. An open and honest communication between the parent and the child about responsible internet use should be present. This is crucial for these conversations could lay the foundation on the child's online behavior. On the internet, certain dangers exist, but if parents who realize these dangers and convey to their children the possible risks, then children will most likely stay safe while online.

When a child is planning to start a blog, it is imperative that the parent must have some form of involvement from the very beginning in order to monitor child's internet use. Not only should the parent be aware of the child's intention to create a blog but also be aware of the child's intention and purposes for wanting to blog. This can help the parents to set the proper guidelines for the blog. If, for example, a child takes interest in social networking by blogging it should be understood that potential for risk is present with this type of blog. Parents must place limits on the blog content and must advise the children to avoid divulging personal data such as the full name, phone number, address or any other information which may be used to locate and identify and the child.

Review your child's blog regularly.

Aside from discussing blogging activities with the child and setting ground rules for the blog content, parents must also visit the blog regularly to see to it that the rules that were laid down are being followed. Parents must review their children's blogs regularly and discretely to preclude the children from modifying the blog and also to remove questionable material during the review. Monitoring is important because it would be quite simple for the child to make alterations quickly just by saving files and replacing them with suitable blog postings during scheduled checks.

 

Monitor the sites your child frequently visits

Parents must also regularly monitor child's internet activities by using reliable software. This is important because some of the information that can be accessible to children to online may be harmful to them. Most blogs allow visitors to communicate with the blog owner. In many cases this communication is done through comments which are left on the comment box wherein the blogger may choose to reply to these comments. There are cases wherein the visitor can even provide personal contact information to the blog owner. Parents who remain mindful of the blogs that their children visit could carefully review these blogs to check if their children are behaving appropriately online and are not unknowingly placing themselves in danger with the actions they do.

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Comments

Oct 7, 2010 2:17pm
vetochemicals
Good tips, I guess they're bound to start blogging like the rest of us!
Aug 9, 2011 11:28am
Cammy
Great article on Internet safety. Keeping children safe when using the Internet is of paramount importance. It is equally important to teach children to take a proactive role in staying safe from abduction and exploitation.

A book entitled, What Would You Do? A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers by Melissa Harker Ridenour, is a good resource for keeping children safe. The book empowers children to take a proactive role in staying safe from abduction or predator harm. It explains the concept of "stranger" to children in a very reassuring way.

The book also includes a chapter for parents, teachers and other child caregivers. It is available through the publisher, Headline Kids, and through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Ingrams, Follett, and Baker and Taylor.

Check out my book website, Melissa Harker Ridenour Books, at www.AuthorMelissaHarkerRidenour.com. Also consider commenting and subscribing to my Child Safety Blog at http://childsafety-melissa.blogspot.com
Oct 4, 2011 1:55pm
Introspective
Great tips and important information for the times we live in!
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