Should educational blogs have moderated comments?

Yes: because comments should not be off-topic, inappropriate, offensive, hateful, or profanity-ridden. However, this means the blog administrator is required to monitor all comments frequently, or else risk not approving and posting the appropriate comments and thus stifling/slowing down the conversation.

No: because students need to learn how to write and publish responsibly for a wide, authentic, online audience. A school culture should be created in which off-topic, inappropriate, offensive, hateful, or profanity-ridden comments are not accepted by peers and the offensive poster is seen as ridiculous (and thus naturally “shamed” into changing his/her behavior). In this case, inappropriate comments can be deleted by a blog administrator as they come up.

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One response to “Should educational blogs have moderated comments?

  1. Good points! There are definitely pros and cons to blog moderation. Maybe if schools implement blogs they can also develop an official blog policy?

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