It’s not just the kids who are naughty on social media… The parents can make your skin crawl.
We have had our fair share of bad weather this winter here in NC.. Mother Nature has been nothing short of bipolar.. 70 degrees one day, an inch of ice the next. The kids have had delays, early dismissals and have missed more days this school year than they have in almost 30 years. It’s been one helluva winter and we are ALL ready for it to be Spring.
One of the quickest ways that I personally have gotten information about anything dealing with delays, closings, etc. is by following our school system on Twitter and they have done a spectacular job of communicating using social media. I’ve watched the person behind that Twitter account really grow into the role and as a social media professional, I love it. They used to be very limited with their posts and little to no engagement but this year, they’ve been on it. Same goes for our sister school system in the next county, Guilford County.
I don’t know why I’m surprised by this, but I am blown away by how people interact and tweet to the school systems. The kids are one thing but you wouldn’t believe that in some cases the worst offenders have been the parents! Here were some of the ‘better’ tweets to the school’s twitter account:
@wsfcs we just about died on a really iced over bridge! You call school off tomorrow. (You need school. Your grammar sucks.)
@wsfcs CAN YOU PLEASE MAKE A DECISION ABOUT TOMORROW I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SLEEP WITH OUT CHECKING MY PHONE EVERY HOUR (God forbid should you just get up in the morning)
.@wsfcs Today was UNACCEPTABLE! Just because our “new” superintendent isnt from here is NO EXC– USE. She has slack advisors!!!!! (this was a mom. who apparently has never managed thousands of moving parts.)
Oh, & another thing @wsfcs sending a pitiful email explaining ur lack of duty that I can’t respond to just makes matters worse! #homeschool (same mom as above who wasn’t happy with the email that went out explaining the quick release decision. And what’s with the #homeschool hashtag? Is your kid IN school or not?)
@wsfcs the farmers almanac said that it’d be bad outside today! Y’all are a bunch of ignorant liberals. (Yes, because the school system uses the Farmers Almanac for making decisions.)
And across the county line….
@GCSchoolsNC You’ll never please everyone, yet you’ve kept our children safe for many decades.I’ll respect any decision you make. (yay to this lady because she’s right.. it’s not like they WANT to tick people off)
@GCSchoolsNC as parents we are OVER robo – calls that repeat the greeting and nothing else. How about letting parents know b4 TV stations? (sorry that letting hundred of thousands people know at the same time isn’t quick enough for you)
@GCSchoolsNC will do all of the following XCEPT A)Give updates B)Do their job C)Say “just the mesenge… (sorry that we just deliver the message, not create the news…)
AINT NOBODY WAITING UNTIL 3 TO KNOW IF THEY NEED TO COMPLETE THEIR HOMEWORK OR NOT, YALL FOREVER PLAYING GAMES (Uhm… why are you waiting til 3am to do your homework????)
Okay… I could go on and on but you get the point.
People.. our school systems using social media to communicate is a SERVICE to you. They don’t have to do it. The people that are behind these accounts DO NOT MAKE THEY MESSAGE.. they only deliver it. Don’t kill the messenger. I understand that we are ALL frustrated by all the bad weather but you can’t take it out on the school system because Mother Nature is whacked in the head. The same people that are bitching about our kids not being IN school are the same people that would be suing our schools if their kids were in an accident if the schools didn’t delay or cancel.
You can NOT sit on both sides of the fence. Either be grateful that the schools are conservative and make the call or be pissed but you cannot be both.
Adults complain that our kids need to watch what they do on social media and while that is true, YOU – the adult – also needs to watch what YOU do. Like everything else, if you aren’t walking your own talk, how can you expect your kids to listen to what you say?? The one mom whose tweets I used above is a perfect example. Reading thru her other tweets, I was amazed at some of the things that she sent out.
It’s sad that common sense has to be pointed out but, alas, it does. I know that people are frustrated and I know that people want to complain, but please remember that what you put out there isn’t just seen by the other person – it’s seen by everyone. And remember – these people are part of the administration. The same administration that can and will take action against you or your kid for what is considered threatening behavior.
And give these people some slack. They’re messengers, not decision makers. Hate the game, not the player.
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