I saw this on Face Book today:
I can honestly say…. This is (sadly) probably true in about 95% of these types of discussions, but I don’t think it’s exclusive to Face Book groups.
Recently, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Whatsapp Parent/Mom groups set up by both my daughters’ schools and, well…. Um…. Let ‘s just say I had a bad experience, an experience that left me pissed off and seething mad… for a long time… actually who am I kidding, I’m still mad as all hell!
Don’t get me wrong, I do see & enjoy the benefits of the Whatsapp group. I like that I have quick and easy access to my children’s teacher. I like that if I have a question pertaining to school, I can get a quick answer. I love that I get Whatsapp images of what Hannah has been doing at school. Or any important updates or changes in information and when Ava went on her first school outing last week, in the school bus, and I was a nervous wreck, I loved that her teacher could keep us all updated throughout the day, letting us know they had arrived safely, were having a good time and had all gotten back to the school safely. The Whatsapp group works a treat for all that.
But…. Ooooh boy, for new Mom’s to the group, be warned, lest you get a slap on the wrists like I did a couple of weeks ago…. There is a “protocol” to using the Whatsapp group. Find out what your group’s specific “protocol” is, you do not want to find yourself red faced and embarrassed because you broke the unspoken code, even if it was for innocently & maturely (or so you assumed) to try and assist your child with a problem she was experiencing. No no. That is not ok and I was quickly informed that I had broken protocol.
So, let me break it down for you:
What is acceptable discuss:
- General sucking up to the teacher (meh Teacher’s Pet) 🙂
- Party invites
- Play dates
- Cool specials you saw at whatever store you happened to be visiting
- Jokes (like the new millennia version of email jokes, remember when you first got email like 20 years ago and you spent the whole day forwarding on jokes?)
- Starting a mass panic attack about some heinous illness like Swine Flu
- Oh & a lot of this should happen after 9pm in the evening.
And there I was thinking I was being all mature and stuff because I was trying to use a contact from the group to resolve a conflict!
What has your experience been of these Mom/School Whatsapp/Face Book groups?