Parents' Guide to


By Stephanie Trautman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Helpful communication tool for schools, parents, not kids.

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Based on 1 parent review

age 2+
ParentSquare is a platform that schools and district use - all the content is generated and communicated and posted by school staff and educators. ParentSquare doesn't message or provide content for parents directly, apart from blog posts and materials on how to use the app, platform, etc. I have used it for probably 8 years across elementary, middle and high schools (I have seniors this year). It makes my life easier as I have one place to go to find school stuff. I don't have to spend hours trying to search email for something that came in a few weeks ago, and since I use the app and text, the messages don't get noised out by other things. I love the sign ups for volunteering, parent-teacher conferences, and the calendar integration (when school users actually use it).

Is It Any Good?

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This site boasts many useful tools including an engaging and straightforward design that allows consistent communication. There's an app available for parents, along with other add-ons including public social fund drives, polls, archives, a registration app, volunteer hours, an alumni database, and smart voice alerts (which carries an additional cost). The site is social in its nature, allowing parents to connect with teachers and administrators through direct messages, polls, posts, photos, and files. It's great for connecting and communicating with parents as well, but it's biggest strike is that it leaves kids completely out of the equation. Kids may be talked about through discussions on the site, but they don't have any way to provide their take on a discussion. ParentSquare is meant for parent engagement, and, overall, it does a good job, but the lack of kid interaction, especially for matters pertaining to their school activities, could make information a tad bit one-sided and biased.

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