What is a Google Doc?
A Google Doc is a function of Google that creates a document that can be viewed and edited via Gmail users. The most commonly used documents are word documents, but Google docs also offer other options such as spreadsheets, presentations (powerpoints), forms, drawings, and collections.
Google docs are a great way to communicate with fellow students and co-workers about assignments and group-work. They allow individuals to discuss and edit materials without having to email attachments back and forth or meeting in person to get jobs done. However, these documents are limited to the viewing of only those who have Gmail accounts.
Concerns for Parents
Although Google docs are a wonderful resource, people can abuse them. Since people who use Google docs can type whatever they want, there could be the problem of using bad language or of plagiarizing.
How Can I Keep My Child Safe?
Make sure your child only shares Google docs with people he or she knows/trusts.
Where Can I Learn More?
To view a tutorial on creating a Gmail account, go here.
You can read a tutorial on creating and sharing a Google doc here.