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Most blogs focus on the role of students and teachers when it comes to Online Education Systems, but today we will be directing the spotlight towards the ‘Role of Parents’ when it comes to online education. Parents can also study via the internet, which makes them online students as well. However, our scope will focus on parents who use online school management systems to keep track of their children’s academic performances.

A Traditional Parent’s perspective

Parents conventionally believe that teacher-oriented, one-fit-to-all-students pedagogies are the best approach to educate students because this method was used by their schools to educate them. The intervention of technology in education has been criticised and even disregarded by many parents because excessive screen time without controlled environments has the propensity to lead to mild vision impairments, neck pains, backaches, and more. But online education, being a new approach to education does not make it worse; it is a fairly powerful upgrade to their children’s education.

Read this article to break-free from myths and explore the boundless advantages of digital school education systems that can support you to assist in enhancing your child’s education.

Guidance for Parents about online education systems in a nutshell

1. Remotely contact principals and teachers without physical meeting them

School Management Systems allow every person related to the school: school administration, teachers, students, and parents- to communicate smoothly under one virtual space. In case the parent wants to meet the principal or was asked to meet the principal at his/ her office, the better choice would be planning an online meeting via a communication platform that was already integrated into the school’s SMS or use internet-based mediums such as Skype, Zoom, Teams, etc. This will save up travelling fees, consume less time, and the parent can talk regardless of her/his place- home, office, or car.

2. Keep track of the child’s academic performance

Customised School Management Systems can allow teachers to access their child’s portals and keep track of their progress. They can receive academic reports and performance rates in real-time too. They can print out reports and compare rates from the child’s previous performances. These details will be protected with encryptions and passwords to make sure other parties do not view it except for the student, teacher, and parent. This will help the parent in understanding what measures must be taken in assisting the child in motivating in studying.

3. Be informed in case of emergency

In case the child faces an emergency, the teacher or the school can inform the parent instantly. This message can be sent via the website as an alert, or a text message or as an automated call informing the parent to contact the school or class teacher immediately. This way, the parent would always be one swipe away from the child in case of an emergency.

4. Parents of preschoolers can get a list of the homework before the child returns home from pre-primary school.

The parents of preschoolers would require to invest more attention and effort into the education of their children. Therefore, they can use technology to keep track of what theories their children learned in the pre-primary school and keep a note of the homework and extra activities that would help the child to have a stress-free education starting from the early stages. 

5. Make School Payments online with no hassle

Online payments are the easiest of all advantages that technology conveys to parents. They can make payments or transfer funds to the school efficiently by online banks. Parents who live overseas would especially find this luxury worth more than anything. This will officially bid adieu to cues at the school offices and banks.

6. Keep note of upcoming events of the school

Event planning systems, plug-ins that connect calendars, and schedules that are smoothly built into the main school management systems would allow parents to plan so that they wouldn’t miss important events of their children, such as school concerts, workshops, conferences, carnivals, annual trips, and more.

7. Virtual parent-teacher conferences

PTCs or Parent-Teacher Conferences are never made more convenient than it has been before since the internet can enable them. The parents can discuss their children’s education journey, paths that are suitable in the future for their children, and discuss other noteworthy details of their children in-depth with the teacher in a virtual room. The teacher can even talk to several parents at the same time if he/she wants to follow up with all the parents about something.

8. Handle Parent Club management systems

Parents Club systems can be managed online to keep all parents updated about useful information or upcoming events. Parents can write articles, comment, and share their ideas with other parents, which will help in developing a healthy rapport between the parents and ultimately help in adapting school systems that would facilitate students even more.

9. Parents of online students get a cost-effective and safer way to educate their kids

When the children are educating at home, parents can keep a close eye on how the children progress academically. It is an affordable system because many extra costs that are incurred for transportation, and paper and books, and other costs will be saved. Students would also have enough time to spend with their parents and have more independence in self-learning and self-assessing their work.

10. Parents need not fret during uncertainties

Parents are ultimately not living in a blur about the safety of their children when they are at school because they would know everything, all the time and they can always check up on their children when they feel insecure about their children.

These are some of the advantages that are rendered by technology to help parents to be stress-free about their children’s future and allow them to have quality education under their supervision. But allowing parents to intervene can also bear a few disadvantages:

  • Sceptical parents would always contact the school to check up on their children which will unproductive for the school.
  • Parents would try to intervene in developing the curriculum for their children.
  • Some parents might not act favourably, and they would create turmoil in club meetings and so on.
  • Given light of these facts, it is better recommended to give limited access and decision-making powers to parents when it comes to education management in the school.

To conclude, parents play an essential role in children’s education as much as teachers. They set the physical and emotional environments for their children to educate. Therefore, their importance in online education systems should not be disregarded whatsoever. Their intervention is required to make the school management system complete. Hence, comes the need for finding reputable software solution providers for your school to meet all school parties under one digital dome.