Student Blogging Guidelines

We are going to explore Kim Cofino’s student blogging guidelines. She wrote these when she was at the International school of Bangkok.

Student Blogging Guidelines

As a student blogger at ISB, you are expected to follow these blogging guidelines below. Use the questions in italics to help you decide what is appropriate to post on your blog.

1. Only post things that you would want everyone (in school, at home, in other countries) to know.
Ask yourself: Is this something I want everyone to see?

2. Do not share personal information.
Ask yourself: Could someone find me (in real life) based on this information?

3. Think before you post.
Ask yourself: What could be the consequences of this post?

4. Know who you’re communicating with.
Ask yourself: Who is going to look at this, and how are they going to interpret my words?

5. Consider your audience and that you’re representing ISB.
Ask yourself: Do I have a good reason/purpose to do this?

6. Know how to give constructive feedback.
Ask yourself: What will I cause by writing this post?

7. Treat other people the way you want to be treated.
Ask yourself: Would I want someone to say this to me?

8. Use appropriate language and proper grammar and spelling.
Ask yourself: Would I want this post to be graded for proper grammar and spelling?

9. Only post information that you can verify is true (no gossiping).
Ask yourself: Is this inappropriate, immature or bullying?

10. 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?

Commenting Guidelines

As a blogger, you will be commenting on other people’s work regularly. 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.

What are your thoughts on these? Which are the most important for us at Piara Waters? Are there any that are irrelevant for us? Is there any ones you would add? Any you feel very strongly about?

If you are having trouble phrasing your comments, Jabiz Raisdana from UWCSEA has put together this little primer on leaving constructive blog comments.


Comments on: "Student Blogging Guidelines" (21)

  1. Connor Culling said:

    I feel strongly about not sharing your personal information.

  2. My thoughts on these guidelines are that they are great as they are everything is fine. I find all of them belong in their place.

  3. zac lammonby said:

    I feel that these guide lines are respectful and if there is a chance to add another line I would add the rule that if you blog like you talk to your friends like your friends on any social network their post will not be posted.

  4. I strongly agree to the ‘Think before you post’ rule. You always get told to think before you say, write, do and so on. Just because your writing over the internet and no one can see your face it doesn’t mean you can write what ever you want.

    I also agree with rule eight. If you write in text language or slang people may not understand what you are writing plus it could be pretty embarrassing if write that way.

  5. I think this is a great idea having guidelines because they sett out as rules to follow. Although, I think there still should be one more guide. Try not to gossip a lot because that can get the task off the point. Also think about saying it to someone’s face. Thinking about how it might affect them. I feel the idea over all is very good and room 12 should use these!

  6. I agree with number 1 if you wouldn’t write it on a t-shirt and yell it out to a stranger, then you shouldn’t write it.

  7. I strongly agree with everyone’s comment and that the guidelines are a very good idea!

  8. These are fantastic rules and they should always stay and nobody should ever change the rule of no swearing.

  9. Wow all these blogging guidelines are amazing. I especially agree with ‘Think before you post’. Too many people just write exactly what their thinking. Sometimes that is good but most of the time it’s not. Every one should think about what they post. Don’t always go with your first choice of words.

  10. I agree with Connor C’s comment and I also agree with the rules about text language and respect this will help me next time I use a blog of any kind

  11. I feel all of these guide lines are relevant to Piara waters and fit well. If I could add a guide line it would be to reference all websites that you used for information.

  12. I think that the guidelines for this blog are great because they are really fair to follow because there is a different between social network and blogging. I think that the blog is great.

  13. I feel very strongly about thinking before you post because the consequences could be that someone sees your post and they tell someone who could tell another person than the post goes international so everyone can see it. They than can call the owner of the blog than that person may call the police.

  14. I strongly agree with the guide that says no bad/rude language and think it is fantastic. It tells everyone you are not someone just being silly so they should think of you as someone that has something really useful to say to everyone.

  15. One of the guidlines I think is really important is do not share personal information because you don’t know who can see your details.Something I would add is make sure you permission before you put things about other people on blogs.

  16. I feel that “think before you post”consequences should be strict and severe that will not allow bulling to happen.But if post something that is not a true fact they should be told and it shouldn’t be posted.If something is put up it can escalate to bulling other than that this blogging is a great website.

  17. I agree with all these rules and we should all respect each other

  18. I strongly agree that rule eight “that you shouldn’t post slang,” the people reading couldn’t read it.

  19. I dissagree with a lot of the guidelines social sites and blogging are just the same

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