Friday, May 30, 2008

Blogging Tips

Blogging Tips

Blogging can be a fun way to express your thoughts on anything you want from music to movies. But it's important to remember that information that is on the Internet can be read by anyone - including strangers. Follow these tips to keep yourself safe:

  • Never put your last name or the full names of your friends or family online. Instead, use screen names or nicknames.
  • Don't put your birthdate with your name. It could lead to identity theft.
  • Never list your address, school, workplace or telephone number. It's an invitation for stalkers.
  • Don't put pictures of yourself and your friends and never list who is in the picture. Anyone can use the online photograph to find you.
  • If you have a teenager in the house, talk to them about their Internet usage. Not many teens want their parents to read their blogs, you can help them think of ways to use a blog while protecting their privacy.

Blogging Facts:

  • According to data from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, out of 24 million American teens between ages 12 and 17, 21 million, or 87 percent, use the Internet.
  • Sixty-five percent use instant messaging and 44 percent go online every day. Another 29 percent of teens keep several instant message conversations going on at once, and 25 percent have even "IM'ed" people in the same room.
  • Out of the 21 million teens who do use the Internet, the Pew study found that 57 percent have created their own blog and have posted stories, videos or photography online.

source: Lydia Seabol, The Tuscaloosa News, Alabama

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