In order to prevent children viewing unmoderated comments on a class blog it is essential that each class blog is set to only allow comments to be viewed once manually approved by and administrator or an editor (usually the class teacher or TA). We set all our sites up to follow this behaviour as default although it is worth checking your settings to ensure that the site behaves as you would like it to.
The discussion settings can be found on the main menu of each blog under Settings > Discussion
Below is a screenshot of the default settings that we use on the creation of a new multisite platform. These settings are set in the template blog so that every time you create a new blog using the template class blog the settings will be replicated. See notes below for elements that you may wish to customise.
Notes on Discussion Settings
- If the ability to allow comments is revoked (Default Article Settings > Allow people to post comments on new articles) this does not apply to already published material on the blog.
- For ease of use, some KS1 settings untick the requirement to fill out name and email (Other comment settings > Comment author must fill out name and email).
- Ticking the option to only allow registered and logged in users to comment will restrict comments to members of that blog only, not the whole school - see the list of users on your blog by clicking "Users". Only members of this list can comment if this box is ticked.
- Electing to automatically close comments can reduce workload by restricting commenting to current material only.
- The email settings are entirely optional and have no effect on whether comments are held in moderation. The email used by the blog is the one set in the general settings for the blog. Settings > General. A blog cannot email notifications to multiple email addresses.
- The vital setting to ensure all comments are manually approved is in the last section, and must be ticked (Before a comment appears > Comment must be manually approved).