ETHICS

The internet can be a place of freedom, yet wild controversy. When writing blogs, is there rules of where the line can be drawn between right and wrong? Although they may not always be things that genuinely mean you’re breaking the law, the unwritten rules of the ethics of blogging are good guidelines to go by.

The first thing you must remember is to not plagiarise. Be original with your blog and your blog posts, and make sure the ideas presented are always your own. When writing blog posts you must always be clear on whether what you’re stating is fact or opinion, and when referencing to the facts, always be able to back it up with evidence. If you end up being wrong, or if what’s true ends up changing, or if you’ve got your information wrong always be prepared to fix your mistakes, and most importantly, admit to them. You must maintain completely responsibility for the content you put on your blog. You are the creator therefore not only must you own up to errors, but be aware that what you write could be something your viewers might not approve of. Your viewers want to feel welcome when on your blog, so try to maintain a sense of welcomeness and freedom. To accompany this, it is important to try your best not to attack or bully individuals/groups  and to be considerate as anyone, from anywhere in the world could be reading your blog.

A useful resource when considering the ethics needed when creating a blog is the 10 step guide to ethical blogging.

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