Did you know that more than 69% of parents are “friends” with their children on social networking sites? Social networking sites appear to be shifting toward updates on family events and news, rather than meeting new people.
Social Parent was created with this idea in mind. It has the network functionality of Facebook and the privacy options parents want, all put together in a functional smartphone app. Social Parent has created an environment for placing information on one safe and central hub for families always on the move.
Once you download the free app on iTunes and create an account, click on each button to check-in at locations, and post status updates with text and photos, create a calendar, and even recommend a place to go.
Social Parent provides social organization for life with children, as well as interaction within the family. It also allows management of the guest list for a party or celebration. Invite family members through your email, groups, or contact list.
It also provides a calendar for management of play dates and other appointments. Not sure what facilities are in the area? It will use your GPS location to search the area and offer contact information. Want to chat with other family members in a private setting? Create an exclusive group for family members. In order for this to be fun and effective, you really need to involve family members. The more members you have on the network, the more you can get out of this app.
Social Parent developers understand that privacy is a large issue on social networking sites these days, from data collection to online predators. Social Parent ensures that all information placed on the network won’t be broadcast or sold on the Internet. All default settings are set to private, including your family profile and any posted updates, unlike other social network settings, which are automatically public. Also, the network doesn’t contain any form of advertisements, eliminating the worry about inappropriate ads popping up. Facebook doesn’t offer these types of luxuries to its users. Yes, you can segment users on Facebook, but if you don’t segment properly, your family’s business becomes everyone’s business causing more effort to be needed to post a simple update.
What I’ve found from using Social Parent is that it doesn’t have a large enough network for you to solely depend on it for communication with others outside your family. For example, if you’re a class parent and need to discuss something with another class parent, you will have a much better chance of finding them on Facebook than on Social Parent. I think that Social Parent will become more a family’s internal communication device than a network for all.
I liked that Social Parent could enable me to connect with other parents in my child’s school. However, it’s more useful for a younger family with young children. If you’re in this demographic and looking for a social networking site that is private, functional, and family friendly, this one is for you.
DISCLOSURE: NO CONNECTION, UNPAID, MY OWN OPINIONS
I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to the brands, topics and/or products that are mentioned herein.