Watch out for people who want you to email them like this

Brother and Sister:

I am updating our blogs with some new software today, and ran across the following comment on brother’s String and Me blog:

Inappropriate solicitation for email contact

Let’s talk about this together.

Why do you think this “comment” is suspicious?

Why do you think I deleted this comment, rather than approving it so it would show up as a public comment on brother’s blog?

Why do you think someone would write a comment like this, asking for you to email them?

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  • Hi! I am a tech educator and a parent of a very bright, creative, and web-curious 6 year old. She has asked me to create a blog for her, and I’m wondering how you do this with your kids in a safe manner. Also, I want her to be able to experience the web with a purpose, so where do I begin?

  • dad

    Great questions Laura!

    Our NECC session on “Our Family Learning Blog” will address the questions you have in greater depth, I think.

    In terms of where to start blogging, I would recommend setting up a blog on,, or blogger. All of those are hosted solutions so you won’t have to mess with upgrades and backups yourself. The key is getting family and friends aware of the blog, I think, and subscribing to updates either via email or RSS and providing feedback for posts.

    In terms of experiencing the web with purpose, for us that really begins with creating meaningful content that documents our own journeys of learning. We’re currently enjoying AudioBoo (for iPhone) and Vocaroo for quick audio recording functionality. My 8 year old daughter started using iMovie09 tonight to edit her first video podcast for an international cooking show she’s launching.

    At age 6, I think learning how to record and share ideas with audio is a great place to start. Getting feedback from family and friends who listen in can be great. I’ll think on your questions further and try to come up with better answers for the NECC preso. That takes place at the end of June.

  • dad

    Here are the results of our reverse DNS lookup for the IP address of this commenter. Looks like they are from Lewisville, Texas, which is in the Dallas area.

    IP Address Locator - Location revealed

    We used this site for the reverse DNS lookup:

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