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multiple blogs for kids (3 posts)

  1. janemaraid
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    hi there

    I have been asked to design and build a website for a schools project. Within the website I have been asked to set up several blogs for the kids involved. I imagine I would have to get them free wordpress accounts so that they can write on any computer? I would like the blogs to have an image that ties them togther and looks a little like the website I am building. I'm not really sure how to proceed - if any one out there has done a similar project I would appreciate any advice.

    I am new to wordpress but happy to use xhtml and css.

    Many thanks.

  2. jaredquinn
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Take a look at the Multiuser WordPress or the Multiply plugin... both these options tho would require you to have it hosted somewhere.

  3. ptvguy
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Jane:

    I handle a couple of American public television station websites (hence my nickname) and do a lot of things specifically geared toward schools, educators, and students. However, I also preach Internet safety for kids, and what you're proposing, although easily done, doesn't sound very safe. When children get on the Internet and are identified as such, they become open targets to a lot of sick people.

    If you're really going to go ahead with this, then take some serious precautions. (These may be pretty obvious to you, but I'm just making sure that they're posted with this thread for anyone else who may try this.)

    • Don't use any real names or personally identifiable information.
    • Don't allow comments.
      • If you must allow comments, make them moderated and require approval, and only give moderation password access to a responsible adult.
    • Post the fact that these blogs are adult-moderated irregardless of whether you allow comments or not.

    As great a medium as this is for teaching, it's also a perfect place for lurking. I don't think that we should scare kids away from it, but we have a responsibility to teach them the realities of it as well. Exchanging seemingly personal comments and a few jokes with people over the Internet, doesn't mean that you know them or can trust them. It's just that kind of world.

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