Benjamin Siu, 16; St Joseph's College What better way could there be for students to develop language capabilities and learn to express their feelings than blogging? Since the start of personal online diaries like Xanga, blogging has been increasing in popularity. Not only is the technology easy to use, it also allows students to interact with others in a new way. The internet provides anonymity for all users so you are more likely to express your feelings. Thoughts and opinions flow more easily. Students develop their own logic through blogging. Critics say bloggers do not use appropriate language or sentence structuring. Teachers are concerned. Abbreviations and simplified wordings are an integral part of internet culture, and can never be removed from blogging. There is a minimal chance for students to develop misconceptions about the spellings of certain words. Abbreviations in blogging will not lead students to think that 'you' is spelled 'u'. Like the real world, cyberspace is regulated by laws. Offenders on the internet will be brought to justice, like any other criminals. The internet is not the lethal jungle that educators say they are. Blogging can be a valuable teaching aid. It can enable teachers to understand the needs of their students if they start blogging too. Jocelyn Heng, 15; Maryknoll Covent School Blogging is not a bad idea, yet it could pose problems for students. The written language is continually being mangled by bloggers. Since the development of instant messaging, many users prefer using shortened, improper language to express themselves. The situation has worsened with the blogging culture in recent years. Instead of sentences, we have entire paragraphs of cryptic abbreviations. Most entries, in English or Chinese, have become indecipherable. Bloggers are anonymous so they can make hurtful remarks online without bearing the consequences. Teenagers are emotional and could act irrationally when provoked. Friendships have been lost due to offending comments posted on blogs. Writing your online diary and reading others' blogs is an interesting pastime, but most of us get too caught up in following every aspect of people's lives. Some might become so obsessed that they burrow excessively into the private lives of others, wasting precious energy and time which could be used more constructively. Unless students are able to use blogging as a tool for learning or personal development, they should exercise caution when blogging.