The landscape of communities has changed rapidly with the introduction and development of social media in the 21st century. The idea of community can no longer be limited to the physical world. Most of us are now part of a digital community as well.
Whether it is via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or another social media platform, our communities are more connected now than they have ever been. These platforms allow memories and moments to be shared instantly with family members and friends around the world. In fact, you probably know a few people who say they only have a social media account to keep in-touch with relatives and close friends.
This unprecedented level of connectivity has changed the way we communicate, as well as our expectations of communication. Now that we know what is possible, we are often frustrated by outdated forms of communicating, or a lack of communication in general.
These changes can present unique challenges for modern classrooms. What expectations will parents have in the 21st century? According to Pew Research, 77% of Americans owned a smartphone in 2016; as compared to 35% percent in 2011. This rapid change in the way we communicate should be expected to come with many more changes in our day-to-day lives.
At Social Haven, we recognize that the classroom is where children spend a significant portion of their time growing and developing. This community is of the utmost importance and parents need to be confident their children are in a safe and productive environment.
Traditionally, communication between parents and teachers is facilitated by parent-teacher conferences or a Parent Teacher Association. Beyond these avenues, communication has mainly relied on the students themselves relaying school activities to their parents.
And we all know how these conversations go:
You ask: “What did you do in school today?”
They say: “Oh, nothing.”
You ask: "What did you learn today?"
They say: “Jeremy fell during recess and scraped his knee.”
Rarely are parents able to extract an accurate or thorough picture of what their child’s school day actually looked like. However, with modern technology, traditional avenues can be supplemented with new lines of communication. And as parent’s expectations and needs evolve, so will the teachers and students.
Social Haven provides a modern platform for communication within the community of teachers, parents, and students. With Social Haven, teachers can communicate with parents via a secure, modern social media platform, dedicated to their unique needs.
By providing this platform with the classroom in mind, not only do we hope to elevate the level of communication within this community, we also hope in doing so we can help children understand how to use modern forms of communication in constructive and responsible ways.
Social Haven facilitates a level of communication between parents, teachers, and students that has not existed to date. Teachers can engage parents by posting photos of daily activities to their Social Haven timeline. Parents can engage students with an in-depth understanding of their child’s school day. Students can enjoy seeing themselves, as well as their friends, in action, opening up lines of communication between children, parents, and teachers.
These lines of communication are game changers for school communities. On a daily basis parents are able to see who their children interact with, as well as connect with other parents and, most importantly, the teachers.
Social Haven provides a platform for real-life connections, making it easier for parents to learn the names and faces of the community, and building the overall sense of community among parents, teachers, and students.