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Would you allow your child to connect with a tutor on a mobile app?

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ninakumari Mon 12-Sep-16 15:59:12


I am currently a tutor who provides tuition to secondary education students. I have decided to develop a mobile app that allows students to find and connect with a tutor on the app.

I am really looking to gain some honest opinions on my app and whether they would be willing to allow their children to use the app and how they would be willing to pay to allow their child to connect with a tutor. Also any concerns you would have with your child using the app.

What I wanted to develop was an app that allowed kids to find a tutor when they were stuck on a piece of homework or coursework and needed help more immediately.

The app will allow you to view the profiles of tutors currently online who suit the area of help required by the student. Students would be able to connect with the tutors via messaging and if happy with their choice, connect to a classroom on the app for the lesson to take place.

The app will be available on phones, tablets and desktop.

Any advice whether positive or negative would be appreciated smile

titchy Mon 12-Sep-16 16:24:04

What is your actual product? Signing up good quality DSB checked tutors to your agency is far more important than developing an app.

catslife Mon 12-Sep-16 16:43:14

I wanted to develop was an app that allowed kids to find a tutor when they were stuck on a piece of homework or coursework and needed help more immediately.
I wouldn't allow this as I would expect my teenager to be able either to do the homework task themselves, or do their own research OR ask their teacher if they had problems.
By the way, any adult (other than a teacher) isn't allowed to help with assessed coursework and this risks the pupils being disqualified. Secondly in the new reformed GCSEs and A levels assessed coursework is being removed.

icouldabeenacontender Mon 12-Sep-16 16:46:43

I am currently looking into an online tutor system for my dc as I am struggling to find a local tutor.
I wouldn't however be keen on immediate access with no prior knowlege or info on who a tutor was.

PurpleDaisies Mon 12-Sep-16 16:48:46

As a tutor, I wouldn't want to be contactable at all times! Most kids do their homework in the evenings when I'm busy working...

PurpleDaisies Mon 12-Sep-16 16:51:33

I also don't think it's healthy for students to think they can just ask their tutor to help with their homework whenever they want. I explicitly don't do homework with pupils-we cover the material and they do it on their own.

admission Mon 12-Sep-16 18:23:13

There are all sorts of potential child protection issues here and the potential for problems is high with such an APP. As a parent I would have real concerns over who my child was contacting.

PerspicaciaTick Mon 12-Sep-16 18:27:56

No, I wouldn't let them use an app for looking for tutors themselves.
If I had a preexisting arrangement with a tutor, then I would let them use an app to discuss issues and submit work with the one, named tutor... provided I could easily monitor the conversation.

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