Forget Facebook. Here’s School Parents
Aussie schools are embracing social media with the new network: School Parents.
It’s been designed to help parents connect with other parents and teachers from their children’s school. It’s also a way to get information out quickly and even sell and swap school uniforms.
The mums behind the social networking site are Kate Sanchez and Kirsty Dahdah, who started it as a way to keep other parents in the loop at their kid’s primary school, but it has proved to be such a great idea that it’s spreading to other schools all over Australia.
The site itself is very professionally put together and is easy to use. It’s also a safe and easy way for parents to connect and communicate. Just like Facebook, it has event calendars, private messaging, a buying/selling function and the ability to create private groups for parents.
“We certainly don’t expect it to replace Facebook but for a lot of parents when it comes to anything child and family related what we found is most parents are not willing to ask the broader community of friends and family about school related issues,” Kate says.
She believes that many parents at their kids school want to be friends, but are not keen to share as much information as they do on Facebook, therefore a separate social networking site is perfect, “Facebook is almost too personal. This is about developing friendships with parents who they might not be friends with on Facebook.”
One of the first schools to use it, Ruse Public School, has embraced the new technology. The deputy principal Paul McGillicuddy says that parents are signing up in droves.
“We’re using it as a two-way communication similar to Facebook where parents can respond to messages we put online. It’s an online communication tool we’re using to better support working parents and all parents. So far a lot of the community has picked it and are up running with it, and even class teachers are setting up class accounts so parents can join the class and any questions they have they can ask the teacher through that forum.”
Do you use School Parents? Or do you think it would be useful at your child’s school?