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27/01/2014 at 11:12
Do you have one for your local school? Do you think they're a good idea?
The one for C's school was deleted at the weekend as it all kicked off. One of the Mums was complaining about her child being hit and bruised in the ribs by another child and was asking whether any other parents with children in the same class were having problems. I didn't see the rest of the thread but it turned into a bit of a witch hunt by all accounts with other parents demanding to know the name of this child.
The next day someone gave the admin of the page a really hard time about what had been said, and as a result (which I think was probably the right thing to do) the page was deleted completely. Bit of a shame really as it was a valuable source of information for those who can't always get to the school or whose children regularly loose school newsletters!
27/01/2014 at 11:20
i think it's a slippery slope. my sil in a grp email with other school mums. they have class reps - parents who organise fundraising and social events. she's always posting cryptic messages on FB that they are asking for money; 'minimum voluntary contributions' for joint birthday presents for birthday parties etc.
My son's school has a PTA FB page but it's not very active. I think they should keep communication official, I can understand how quickly things can get out of hand. Modern parenting dilemma eh?
27/01/2014 at 11:22
I think they are a bad idea. If you want information from the school or about the school it should be via the school and the school website, not a bunch of mums or dads nattering on a social networking site.
27/01/2014 at 11:28
I think it is a bad and dangerous idea. I am friends on FB with several of the mums from A's class. I wouldn't like the idea of us having our own group though. All it takes is for one mum to moan about something and then it could all kick off!
Yeah, it was more of a PTFA thing at first and to be fair hardly used apart from by PTFA members posting news items or requests for volunteers etc. which was quite useful as I don't really get to the school much due to work so miss out on stuff like that.
The weekend was the first time something like that happened. Thing is the people that write stuff like that in a group aren't going to stop writing it elsewhere or saying it out loud in the playground, people can't self moderate and spoil it for the rest.
27/01/2014 at 11:30
Which is why the schools and PTA members should use their noodle and not set up such groups. My newsfeed is often spammed by people posting "class of XYZ is it own clothes day this Friday?" "Class of XYZ anyone fancy a coffee Weds?"
27/01/2014 at 11:38
We have a PTA page which was set up after much discussion between the PTA, head and governors. It is an open group so people can comment but is closely monitored by the two admins. So far, the only things which have been posted are PTA updates and the odd bit of school info such as INSET day reminders and it's worked really well. Hopefully it will continue that way!
27/01/2014 at 11:54
We also have a PFA page. So far it has been used wisely. It puts up the leaflets that have come home. It also requests for help at events. It works really well. I could never imagine the page being used in another way!
27/01/2014 at 19:27
Bad idea for the very reasons stated. One parent makes an ill thought out comment and all sort of problems can start. We have a learning platform and website where info is posted, but no-one can post comments. C's school texts about 3 times a week regarding pta things which gets on my nerves, i don't want my face book news feed full of raffle ticket reminders as well.
27/01/2014 at 20:39
I think it's a bad idea too, I would hate something like this where I work. The school website or the learning platform is a suitable place for all the school information and reminders about events.
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