When you press PUBLISH, what you have written is instantly visible all around the world! As a result make sure you think very carefully about what you write on your MyJourney site and always follow these rules.
Use the questions in italics to help you decide what is appropriate to post on your blog.
1. As the administrator of your MyJourney site you are responsible for absolutely everything that appears on the site and you must ensure that all content remains appropriate for the school environment at all times.
Ask yourself: Is this something I want everyone (in school, at home, in other countries) to see?
2. Never display anyone’s address, email address or phone number on a public website. Do not disclose personal information about yourself or others.
Ask yourself: Could someone find me or others (in real life) based on this information?
3. Respect the privacy of others. Never post information or photos of another person unless they expressly ask you to.
Ask yourself: Would everyone in the world be happy for this information to be online?
4. Think about all of your content before you post.
Ask yourself: What could be the consequences of this post?
5. Use appropriate language and correct grammar and spelling.
Ask yourself: Would I want this post to be graded for correct grammar and spelling?
6. Only post information that you can verify is true (no gossiping).
Ask yourself: Is this inappropriate, immature or bullying?
7. Anytime you use media from another source, be sure to properly cite the creator of the original work.
Ask yourself: Who is the original creator of this work?
8. Do not give permission to anyone else to access your username and password and publish material to your site.
Can you ensure you present yourself in the best possible light on your site?
9. If you allow people to post comments on your MyJourney site then you remain responsible for the content of the comments. If you have allowed comments and then a comment appears that is inappropriate it is your responsibility to both alert your teacher and subsequently delete the offending comment.
Ask yourself: Is this appropriate for other people to read or could it offend anyone?
As a blogger, you may be commenting on other people’s work. Good comments:
– are constructive, but not hurtful;
– consider the author and the purpose of the post;
– are always related to the content of the post;
– include personal connections to what the author wrote;
– answer a question, or add meaningful information to the content topic;
– follow the writing process. Comments are a published piece of writing.