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Usernames for digital safety

This is the first part of my series relating blogging to the Australian Curriculum.

When you have a class blog, you probably want your students, parents and other readers to leave comments. They can do this from any computer, iPad, smartphone from anywhere in the world as long as they are connected to the internet and know your blog URL.

But they will have a lot of information to fill in to leave a comment.

  1. Fill in the comment remembering to be polite and address the person the comment is for eg Hi Miss W,
  2. Fill in the anti-spam word – good chance to discuss what this is and why blogs often have them – what is a spam comment?
  3. If you can’t read the anti-spam word then choose another by clicking either the sound or mix icons.
  4. Put in your first name only – if a relative then use John’s aunt or Mary’s dad rather than  Mrs Powell or Mr Dowd. Why do we suggest this happens on class or student blogs? Why do we only use first names?
  5. Enter email – if writing comment from home, maybe use mum or dad’s email or if you know your personal school email use that instead.
  6. If you want to know if someone leaves a reply to your comment, then tick this box and an email will be sent to you. You can always unsubscribe to that post once you have read their reply.
  7. Finally check that the spam word hasn’t changed since you first typed it in, highlight and copy your comment (just in case), now click the blue Post Comment button.

It will now look like your comment has disappeared but in reality, it is being held in a moderation queue ready for the teacher to check it before they publish the comment.

How can I add a comment more easily than filling in all those boxes?

Give each child in the class a role on the blog:

  • user – can add comments after logging in
  • contributor – can add comments and write posts after logging in
  • student – has their own blog and can write posts and pages on it

To do this you need to give each student a username that they can then login to your class blog.

With the xpress360 setup, we try to keep to a particular naming format:

  • gou21john – John will leave Goulburn Street in 2021
  • sor19sally – Sally will leave Sorell in 2019
  • sor19sally2 – A second girl named Sally will also leave Sorell in 2019 – instead of using 2, some teachers use first initial of surname

Once you have given each child a username and a password, see next post, they will then be able to login to your class blog to leave comments easily.

Things to discuss with students:

  1. how their username is created
  2. what is spam
  3. how do mum and dad leave comments
  4. why do we only use first names
  5. what is our class blog URL
  6. being safe with our blog

Connection to curriculum

F-2: ACTDIP005

recognising and discussing the need for cyber-safety when using online information systems, for example recognising that shared personal information can be used for undesirable purposes and that using a password is a means of protecting identity

3-4: ACTDIP013

considering ways of managing the use of social media to maintain privacy needs, for example activating privacy settings to avoid divulging personal data such as photographs, addresses, and names and recognising that all digital interactions are difficult to erase (digital footprints)

5-6: ACTDIP022

considering ways of managing the use of social media to maintain privacy needs, for example activating privacy settings to avoid divulging personal data such as photographs, addresses and names