School twitter account - any thoughts?

(12 Posts)
EldonAve Fri 25-Apr-14 19:00:52

My kids' school has decided to embrace twitter

I'm not sure how I feel about this
They are tweeting photos of the kids

Any thoughts?

whatcolour Fri 25-Apr-14 19:08:42

All our local schools do the same - what is your concern?

SatansFurryJamHats Fri 25-Apr-14 19:12:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Awakeagain Fri 25-Apr-14 19:31:33

If you've signed photographic permission for website/blog etc and they've been used on there then no different really
Schools are trying out lots of different ways to contact/update parents, if you don't want your dc's photos to be used opt out, I know many people have different views on their children's pics getting used online

EldonAve Fri 25-Apr-14 20:32:13

What are the safeguarding restrictions?

EvilTwins Sat 26-Apr-14 09:23:30

I do this, as a teacher. I never post names and don't put pictures of children who are not supposed to have pictures on the website/in the paper.

Lots of departments at my (secondary) school do. Kids use Twitter and so it's a good way to keep them up to date with what departments are doing and is also a good way of publicising events to parents. Kids tweet me questions - "when's the homework due?" "What time does the trip get back" and so on.

I've never had any problems or concerns with it.

I also have a Facebook page (closed group) for students who do extra curricular stuff in my dept. Again, it's a good way to get info to the right people easily and I have never had any concerns or worries from parents or from school.

SuffolkNWhat Sat 26-Apr-14 09:24:28

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yourlittlesecret Sat 26-Apr-14 10:19:40

My DC school do this. Also FB. It usually amounts to a comment or photo on the odd sporting event, or a group photo on location of school trips.
I've no problem with it.
There is more on the school web page and FB than twitter.

Millais Sat 26-Apr-14 10:32:27

We do this at my school. The followers have to be checked before they are accepted to follow it which is a standard safeguarding measure.

It is a great way of communicating about special events and giving parents instant feedback on trips and residentials. The pupils aren't named on it.

iseenodust Sat 26-Apr-14 11:54:47

DS's school have a twitter account. Today's tweet is a reminder of the 2nd hand uniform sale. We got a daily tweet when they were on a recent residential which was lovely as otherwise there was no communication (phones not allowed which I agree with).

ThreeLannistersOneTargaryen Sat 26-Apr-14 16:50:21

With my children, both primary and secondary school have twitter accounts. In both cases, I was not automatically accepted as a follower until they had checked that I was a parent.

I find it v.useful. Early notifications of school closures e.g. due to snow. Tweets updating parents about arrival times of coaches after a school trip.

EldonAve Mon 28-Apr-14 12:35:00

Thanks

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