Safeguards for Children Bloggers
These tips can help protect children from the dangers of online blogging.
by Focus on the Family
If you decide to let your child have a blog, take the following safeguards:
Review the different blogging services
available. Many blogs advertise an assortment of businesses, and some are more family-friendly than others in this regard.
Once you've found a blogging service that features only safe advertising,
learn how to use the tools
available on their site. Many allow you to keep a blog private, only permitting people to access it who have been given permission by the parent or the child who updates the site.
Talk with your child about what is and what is not safe information
to make available online. Kids should never give out their home address, e-mail address, phone number, or personal facts (like where they go to school) to strangers.
Establish clear boundaries for Internet use
that will keep your child safe and review them frequently until she knows them well.
Keep household computers in a common area
to increase Internet accountability.