Just a few notes about flagging content:
When you flag content, only you and the community administrators see that it has been flagged. If content is flagged twice by two separate users, an email is sent to the user (and the community admin) notifying them that something they posted on the Commons has been flagged by other members of the community.
Please teach your students how this flagging functionality works, and explain how it can be used to ensure the Commons is a safe and caring environment for learning. You may want to also ensure that they understand that the homework you assign on your class blog probably doesn’t merit a flag As one of the moderators on the site, one of the frustrating elements of this functionality is the abundance of flagging that happens on appropriate content, making the process of sifting through the reports that much more difficult.
One of the key functions of the Commons is to provide a space where students can learn about how to manage their digital footprint in social networking spaces. As members of the “village” helping to raise the child, it is important that we remember that beyond flagging, we all have a role to mentor each other and suggest ways to contribute appropriately when we happen upon individuals still grappling with how best to contribute using the indelible ink of the internet. The directives of the 21st Century Learning and Technology Policy and its associated directives set out Standards of Behaviour for Privacy, Ownership & Authorship, and Identity, Credibility & Positive Participation that you may find helpful when having these conversations. The resources provided by CommonSenseMedia provide lesson plans for every grade level, that align with our policy (both were created based on The Good Play Project: Our Space Resource).