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What are Blogs - How can Parents help their wards with blogs

"Wi-Fi is the short form of wireless fidelity and is meant to be used generically when referring of any type of 802.11 network, whether 802.11b, 802.11a, dual-band, etc. The term is promulgated by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Any products tested and approved as “Wi-Fi Certified” (a registered trademark) by the Wi-Fi Alliance are certified as interoperable with each other, even if they are from different manufacturers. A user with a “Wi-Fi Certified” product can use any brand of access point with any other brand of client hardware that also is certified. Typically, however, any Wi-Fi product using the same radio frequency (for example, 2.4 GHz for 802.11b or 11g, 5GHz for 802.11a) will work with any other, even if not “Wi-Fi Certified.”

Formerly, the term “Wi-F” was used only in place of the 2.4 Ghz 802.1b standard, in the same
way that “Ethernet” is used in place of IEEE 802.3. The Alliance expanded the generic use of the term in an attempt to stop confusion about wireless LAN interoperability. "

What are Blogs? How can parents help their wards with blogs?

The word “blog” is derived from the combination of the two words, web and log.

Blogs are virtual diaries created by individuals and stored on the Internet. Blogs generally consist of text and images and can appear in a calendar type format. What are Blogs

Blogs are located on websites, which enable people to join as members and create and publish their blogs and diary entries. Blogs can be viewed either by the general public or select groups of people, such as friends.

Blogging happens when somebody uploads information to the blog and the person doing this is known as blogger. Blogs can easily be created without any specific technical knowledge.

There are many websites on the Internet that facilitate the creation of blogs.

It is important to remember though that there may be information published in blogs, which is inappropriate for children to view. It is therefore best to look for a blogging site, which is meant even for children to view.

Blogs are very popular with children aged 13 – 19 and young adults aged 20 – 29. They give people the opportunity to publish on the Internet their thoughts and reflections of issues important to them.

Children update blogs as regularly as they please some updating information daily whilst others may only update occasionally or never update their blog at all.

Blogs give children the ability to share their views with friends or the public. They can improve writing and grammatical skills as well as keyboarding and basic Internet skills. Some children prefer using blogs over traditional forms of writing.

Parents and teachers can use blogs as creative writing support tools for children. Safe and private blog systems can be setup on school computers for children to use within their class.

What are the Dangers of Blogs ?

There are a range of Internet Safety dangers which need addressing before children start creating and publishing their own blogs. These include:

Publishing of Private Information: - Children can publish information about themselves or their family, which is then made available to the public. This can lead to undesirable people trying to make personal contact.

Profiles: - Children can unwittingly enter private information (such as contact information, photos or their friend’s details) into the profiles of their user accounts. Children may not be aware this information may be made available to the public.

Inappropriate Content: - Children may be able to search through other people’s blogs and find inappropriate content or discussions on topics that are not suited.

Online Bullying: - children can use blogs as a way to bully as a form of publishing to defame other innocent people or to publish racial hatred information.

Publishing Unreliable Information: - Unreliable information can be published by anybody creating a blog, just as it can anybody creating a website. Children need to be careful with what they read and publish.

When creating a blog, there are a number of things to remember in order to stay safe.

When Selecting a Blog Website:

Select and Age Appropriate Blog Website: - When selecting a website to create your blog through, look for ones which other people your age are using. This way you will be able to contact people with similar interests.

Read the Privacy Statement: Look to see if the website has a privacy statement. If it does, read it and take note of what may happen to any information you enter. If there is no privacy statement, look for another website to create your blog through.

Look for Support: - See if the blog website has good support. There should be a FAQ section as well as an email address that you can use to mail any problems to.

Other Services: See what other services are available on the blog website. Do you want for instance, other people to contact or chat to you when you are blogging?

Costs: - Look to see if there are any costs involved with creating and mainting your blog. You don’t want any hidden surprises later on!

Once you Have become a Member of a Blog Website:

Hide your Account Login Details: - Once you have become member of the blog website, hide your login details so that others cannot gain access to your membership information and user profile.

Blog Topic: Select a topic for your blog that is sensible and you think other would enjoy reading about.

Password Protect your Blog: Make sure nobody else can enter information into your blog.

Email: - Use an email that is not identifiable. Use your online name instead of your first name and surname.

Use of Avtars and Photos: - Select a picture of an avtar that suits your personality but doesn’t disclose your identity. Don’t use your own photo on your blog.

Hide Profile from Public view : If possible stop others from looking at your profile by password protecting it, or setting up an options that let only those people you choose to view it.

When you are Blogging :

Personal Information: Newer enter in personal details or anything that can identify you. Remember, once something is entered on the Internet it is often very hard to remove.

Correct Information: Make sure the information you place into your blog is grammatically correct and the spelling is accurate.

Be Nice to People: - Make sure you treat other people with respect and only write about people if you have their permission. Never disclose any personal information about your friends or family.

Other things you can do:

Hide your Blog from Search Engines: You may wish to prevent your blog from ending up in the search engines. Most blog sites describe ways to do this.

Look at your Blog Statistics: If your blog has statistics available, watch out to see if there are any patterns emerging about your popular entries.

If used appropriately blogs can really help your child learn better but rember the safety measures and get the maximu benefits.
Published by IzajAhmed Shaikh.
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I am, Mr. IzajAhmed Shaikh, Computer Professional, and Pro. Blogger, who belongs to Shahabad, Karnataka India. My basic Qualifications are B.Sc., and M.C.M. done from University of Pune, formerly known as, Poona University, also like to write articles based on my personal experiences.