Homeschooling is an amazing adventure filled with so much fun. However, sometimes it can be hard to find homeschool Facebook groups that line up with your beliefs and that you can afford. Whether you are looking for a Facebook group to discuss homeschooling, special needs, or plan local events there are some things you want to avoid. While we are on the topic pull up my More Than a Homeschool Mom Homeschool Group and join it. I would love to have you there.
- Don’t make your group open. – In general there are many private things that will be discussed in these groups. Please make your group closed or secret to protect the privacy of your members. A closed group can be searched for in the toolbar and people can see who is in the group. A private group can only be found if you are invited to join it.
- Don’t do it all yourself. – It is important to have an admin that will work with you. Whether that is a friend who is online when you aren’t or someone you trust this person will become very valuable. Sometimes conversations can get out of control. Having a second admin can help you to reign in a situation or delete it completely if need be.
- Don’t shoulder all the costs. – If you are planning get togethers or hosting online buying deals together with places like Homeschool Buyer’s Co Op or other businesses don’t pay everything yourself. I recommend using paypal to collect funds from everyone in advance or asking everyone to contribute to items needs for a get together. There are too many ways to get burned when you pay everything in advance and trust someone else to pay back. It’s also very easy to burn out.
- Don’t skip setting up guidelines. – Facebook groups can be great but people are people and sometimes problems arise. Make sure to plan for these problems by setting group guidelines. For the group I run, I make it clear that it is not for self promotion and blog links are not meant for that space. I also have guidelines in place about how to speak to others in the group. This makes it an environment where people can talk homeschooling safely without fear of being attacked. If there is a problem, guidelines help you to be able to remove a post or person if needed.
- Don’t invite just anyone. – It’s important to screen who comes in to your group. This will differ greatly based on whether you are create a local group or an internet only group. For an internet only group, make sure that people meet the meaning of the group. If someone has no kids they may not fit a homeschool group. Look at who is asking to join. If they are local, it might not hurt to have some questions you ask before adding them to keep things safe.
- Don’t create public events. – To go with the above post, don’t create public events. Instead create events directly in the group and limit it to members. This will prevent people who you do not know showing up uninvited. It’s better to be safe.
- Don’t skip the settings. – In your settings bar you can decide how much content and what kind of content can be shared. You can also decide whether anyone can add someone to the group or only specific people can. This is extremely helpful for a local group where you are trying to limit group size or verify users.
- Don’t ignore the Files tab. – Files are a great place to put information that will be helpful for your group. This can be anything from lists of places that have a homeschool discount in your area to a frequently asked questions section for those questions that will be asked by every new member. Take advantage of these files to share different information.
- Don’t ignore the Ask a Question section. – Are you organizing a get together? Do you have a common question that needs answered? The ask a question section gives you the ability to poll the group in an easy way. This tool is extremely helpful when you are trying to gather information quickly.
- Don’t ignore the search bar. – As your group gets bigger sometimes you will want to reference a past conversation or need information that was shared in the past. Type the information in to the search bar and it will give you all the conversations related to that topic. You can also click the photos tab to look for an image that was posted in the past that you may need for something.
What do you think I left off of this list? What don’t my readers want to do when creating a Homeschool Facebook group?
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