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Welcome to AMERICAN , in VOA Special English.

I'm Doug Johnson. On our show this week:

1. We play songs by new members of the Rock and Roll Hall of
2. Answer a question about copying information from Web sites …
3. And about teenage bloggers.

Personal Internet Web sites, or blogs, are becoming more and more popular young people. But the to personal are also increasing. Lapidus tells us more.

Millions of young people are blogs. Millions of others are reading them. The word “blog” is a short way of saying Web . Many popular Web sites now free, easy ways to ******** personal Web pages and fill them with writings and pictures. Web sites called “” and “MySpace” are some of the most popular blog sites for young people. Many young adults use their blogs to write about activities and in their lives. They also provide a place for people to write their ideas and opinions and to the ideas of others.

Blogs ***** young people a place to show their writings and other forms of self-. Blogs can also be helpful to connect young people with larger groups. But some researchers say the harmless blogs can become when read on the Internet by millions of people all over the world.

People are that students are including information in their blogs that ******* a to their own ********* and safety. Recent studies show that young people often provide their name, age and where they live. This personal information puts them at **** of being sought out by ********* people who want to harm them. Many students do not know about ********* and are surprised to learn that adults can easily read their personal ******* .

Students can also get into trouble when they include information on their blogs that can be seen as a ***** to others. In several American states, students have been from their schools or even after their blogs were found to include ********* against other students or teachers.

As a result, many schools have the use of blogging Web sites on school computers. Many schools have also teaching parents about the Web sites. Researchers say parents should know what their children are doing and should read their blogs to make sure they are not giving out information.One way to avoid these problems is by using programs that blogs to be read by “friends only.” These blogs ****** people to read the website only if they know a word chosen by the blogger.