I have recently sent home information on Blogging and the permission forms. I have received some push back from some parents, and rightfully so, they want to make sure their children are safe in this online forum. Some of the concerns are: the long term affects of an online presence at such a young age, students’ lack of understanding that what they say online will always be there, lack the basic skill of “writing with pencil and paper”, exposure to the world, to name a few.
We realize as educators, exploring this new realm for sharing information that we are not just letting students run free on the blogging platform but instead are doing a great deal of educating our students about online safety, thinking before posting and how to navigate this online world in a responsible and safe manner.
I have had telephone conversations with some parents as well as face -to-face conversations to hear their concerns. I have begun to wonder if there is more I need to do to educate parents on creating digital portfolios with students as well as the steps that are being taken to ensure students are safe in this online forum.
Have any others come across this resistance and how did you deal with it? Also can anyone recommend top quality websites that I can obtain info from to share or send parents to in order to help them better understand the benefits of blogging with children?
Thank you in advance for any insight or suggestions you may have.