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1. Introduction to Create a Responsible Blog with Google Sites

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Sharing information online is one way to tell a wider audience who you are and what you care about.

It helps connect you to family and friends, and lets you share school or professional work with people you may not know.

A blog is a website where a person writes about topics that interest them.

Blogs give people the chance to share all kinds of personal stories and ideas with others all over the world.

However, it’s necessary to think carefully about what you share online and how others might use it.

Sharing personally identifiable information, or PII, can affect your personal safety.

PII is information that could be used to identify a specific individual.

This includes data such as your home address or social security number.

Sharing PII online can have serious consequences.

For example, anyone could use personal details about you to open financial or online accounts in your name, find your physical location, or even pretend they are you on social media.

This is called identity theft.

It’s also important to be aware that the information you share stays accessible for a long time.

That means that, even far in the future, teachers, employers, and others could view, copy, or save: photos you share, comments you make, details about your relationships, information on your medical history, and family or other personal matters.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy sharing and posting about yourself.

Instead, carefully consider what you say and do online and how it might affect you, both today and later in life.

If done safely, sharing information online is a fun and rewarding activity.

In this lesson, you will ghostwrite a blog in Google Sites for a blogger.

When you ghostwrite, you create content about someone else in their voice.

Your blog will include a basic website and a brief introduction.

You will review a portfolio of the imaginary blogger’s personal and professional achievements, then make decisions about what is safe to share online.

Ghostwriting a blog for an imaginary person will help you practice sharing information online.

If you ever want to create a real blog for yourself, you will make better decisions about what information is safe to include.

As you complete this project you will use formatting and editing tools in google docs, create a website with google sites, and write an introduction for your blogger using information that is safe to share.

This lesson uses Google Sites, but you could use these skills with any website building tool.

To complete this lesson, you must be signed in to your Google account.

Open a new tab in your browser, and sign in now.

If you don’t have a Google account, pause the video and create one.

Then, choose a blogger profile to create a blog about.

The portfolio and blog you see in these videos are just examples.

Click on the link to copy the blogger portfolio to your Drive.

Rename it by deleting the words copy of and add a title.

Then, move on to the next video to start creating your blog!

Now, it’s your turn: sign in to your google account, choose a blogger, open the blogger portfolio, and make a copy, and rename it.

Then, move on to the next video to start creating your blog.

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Instructions
  1. Sign in to your Google account.
  2. Choose a blogger.
  3. Open the blogger portfolio, and make a copy.
  4. Rename it.
  5. Move on to the next video to start creating your blog.