Athole McLauchlan

Social media might engage parents but it curtails privacy

It is a great tool for communicating with parents and involving them with the day-to-day life of the school, but there are pitfalls to avoid

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Parental engagement is one of the National Improvement Framework’s seven key drivers. The use of social media in a Facebook and smartphone-obsessed age is often viewed as the holy grail of parental engagement. But is it the ultimate weapon for improving parental engagement or an invasion of teacher privacy?

Whether we’re using Twitter and Facebook or bespoke services, such as ClassDojo and Seesaw, we can provide parents with a window to successful learning in classrooms. Social media is a storytelling platform that gives substance to the eternally poorly answered question asked by all parents ...

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