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    carolynw76 is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    I would like to see a chat room installed on this site. Or maybe also a children's message board.

    When we first signed on, my son (7th grade) was disappointed that the parents had a board to talk with other parents, and the children didn't.

    I don't know how simple or easy this would be do to.

    I would be willing to sign up to help with monitoring.

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    Linn is offline Member Regular
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynw76
    I would like to see a chat room installed on this site. Or maybe also a children's message board.

    When we first signed on, my son (7th grade) was disappointed that the parents had a board to talk with other parents, and the children didn't.

    I don't know how simple or easy this would be do to.

    I would be willing to sign up to help with monitoring.
    Great idea Carolyn! A discussion board might go over well for the Upper School children. I know some of the other homeschooling and educational forums I have visited have 'teen chat' forums.

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    HI - I'm with Time4Learning and I think this is a really interesting idea. Also a little scary. There are lots of concerns that I would have in offering such a service but I'll look into it. Questions.

    1. Can you point to an example of a few kids forums that you feel are done well?

    2. Anybody have any experience setting up or administering such a discussion group?

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    I didn't even see this thread when I started mine on the same topic!

    I can see the logistical issues, keeping the kids in a safe environment and whatnot, but I think it could be a great forum for the kids.

    Nice to see the guys at Time4Learning are listening to us in here! 8)

    Kris

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    My 7th grader is interested in this, too. I think it would be nice for him (maybe set up times to do the playground with others, that kind of thing?) I've NO experience with kids chat forums, however. And my one concern would be that while I think he's sitting there doing his work, he's going to be chatting. Though, I guess if it's not like an instant messaging system this might not be an issue. (I wonder if an IM system for while in the playground area would be fun?)

    This is probably no help, but I thought I'd post my thoughts anyway.

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    I would think that any child having access to T4L, especially the older grades, would greatly appreciate being able to talk to their peers, especially those in military families who homeschool because of moving so often. It would be a way to connect with others and be able to have relatability.

    I would personally be willing to offer to moderate such a forum. Although we are not military, we live the military lifestyle since my husband is a government contractor, so every place he is transferred is within the military community which is why we started homeschooling. The public schools here are not that great and do nothing for kids with IEP's. Our daughter has been doing wonderfully on T4L and her scores in all areas have gone up exceeding even our expectations and hopes.

    Even though we are looking at going to a completely different curriculum next year, I am looking at still keeping T4L as available curriculum as an "alternate" day schedule for "short days" or field trip days so they have quick, easy and fun work to do on those days.

    We have fallen in love with T4L and would be willing to help out wherever we can to help other students and families reach their children's full potential with great success. Keep up the great work T4L!!!

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    I keep looking at how Time4Learning should set up the community features for the middle school students.

    I'm actively looking for some help from someone who has experience establishing and managing heavily-moderated forums and homepages for my middle school students.

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    John,

    I have been a moderator on several active forums. I used to be a moderator for the msg board of a Non Profit organization, in the military families section, and I also was a moderator on a very highly trafficked Christian prayer board. I am willing to help out wherever I can.
    I have recently referred 3 families to T4L within my homeschool group here because they wanted to establish a fun curriculum so their children would enjoy learning. I knew T4L would be what they are looking for to help their children learn, grow and succeed.

    If you would like to discuss my helping you to moderate and manage a forum, please contact me via email to [email protected] and I can email you my contact informatino, or feel free to look up my contact information within the system under Julia Moreno, in HI.
    I know my children would love to be able to participate and our 7th grader said she would be willing to come back even when she is in high school to be a "jr. moderator" to offer insight to younger kids on how to succeed and do well within T4L. She is the one who has the IEP and was failing in the public school system here. We are so impressed with T4L, we are also emailing all our homeschool contacts to get the word out and I am working with Taylor on writing reviews.

    Please keep me udated on the status of this as I would definitely like to help see this as something that T4L offers their students, especially those in 6-8th grade to provide not only peer interaction, but social interaction as well.

    Keep up the great work!!!

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    I think that a chat room would be a great idea. I know that there are security concerns. I certainly don't want my child exposed to any questionable people. I think that one way to cut down on outside access is to have the chat room accessible only to those families who have paid to join Time4Learning. And also to have it monitered constantly. I also would be willing to be a moderator. I know that even though my daughter is only 10 she loves to talk to other kids. She has a few friends that she emails alot and I check her incoming and outgoing messages everyday. She knows that she is not to email anyone she hasn't cleared through me. she has never been in a chat room but I think that she would enjoy one with other kids. Already at 10 she loves to talk on the phone to her friends as well.

    Jenny

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    Just throwing in my two cents worth here..
    I'm new to T4L (but not to home-schooling) and will write an intro shortly
    One of the first questions my son asked (7th grade) is whether there is a discussion board for the kids.
    My thoughts on the matter:

    1. A discussion board is far more easily moderated than a chat room

    2. A timer similar to that used on the playground would eliminate the concern of students spending their time 'chatting' rather than working

    3. Logins should be the same as the T4L login (members only) which eliminates a concern about unsavory characters entering our forums and allows parents to review their children's posts

    4. I work from home and would be more than willing to assist in moderating a forum

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