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Social Networking Site Review: A Social Parent

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Did you know that a whopping 69% of parents are “friends” with their children on social networking sites? Nowadays, families are using social media to communicate with one another. Social networking sites appear to be shifting towards updates on family events and news, rather than meeting new people.

The Social Parent network 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 phone app. Lets face it, we live in a fast paced culture and as a parent, it’s important to keep up. Social Parent has created an environment for placing information on one safe and central hub for families always on the move.

From the social media novice grandparent to the social media savvy parent, Social Parent is great for all levels of expertise. Specifically, download the app and create an account. Once registered, click on each button to check-in at locations, and post status updates with text and photos.

Social Parent provides social organization of life with children, as well as interaction within the family. Planning an upcoming event? Social Parent allows management of the guest list. 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 are on the network, the more you can get out of this app.

The developers behind Social Parent seem to 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 broadcasted or sold on the Internet. All default settings are set to private-from your family profile and any posted updates, unlike other social networks settings, which are automatically public. Also, the network doesn’t contain any form of advertisements, eliminating the worry of any 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 needed to post a simple update.

What I’ve found from using Social Parent is that it doesn’t have a large enough network to solely depend on for communication with others outside of your family. For example, if you’re the class parent and need to discuss something with another class parent, you will have a much better chance at finding them on Facebook, than on Social Parent. I think that Social Parent will become more of a family’s internal communication device than a network for all.

For families out there looking for a social networking site just for them, check this out-it’s private, functional and family friendly.

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About Hilary Topper

  • http://www.hapimomi.com Amy S.

    Great article Hilary. As a busy mom, I really love this idea. Have you seen this upcoming app called Hapimomi.com. For my family, it will help us not only to share, but also plan. I love their look and feel.

  • hilary topper

    Thanks Amy. I will certainly check out HapiMomi.com… Thanks for sharing! Have a great day…

  • Dr Joseph S Maresca

    Sounds like some great features!