I was just curious if any of you use texting as a means to contact parents, as opposed to phone calls and emails. I never heavily used texts for parents until this year, because with the demographics of the school I am at, it's honestly easier to reach via texting. Many parents will not pick up the phone and talk, but if you shoot a text you have a response within 30 seconds. Of course, I wouldn't do this if I didn't work in a very technology friendly district. All the teachers have their own laptop issued by the school system. All the principals have an iPhone paid for by the district and sometimes our P texts us staff reminders with it. When I was having problems reaching certain parents on the phone, my coworker who had my students in 6th grade said to text the same parents (and she was right--I got really quick replies). I have also found having all the texts saved is great documentation because they are time/date stamped and I know who said what. Plus, apps like Google Voice allow you to text without giving away your actual phone number, if you want. I have certain parents who will text me every day asking for behavior updates and the like. It's much more efficient than a phone call, because those always seem to turn into 30 minute phone conferences. Today I had the first negative incident ever regarding texting, I think. I teach a child who is extremely disruptive daily, and today he was blurting out "What the f-------" while I was trying to teach. So I sent mom a text about it, and she replied to me with something that could be interpreted as threatening (like saying if I keep talking about her child I'd have a big problem with her and that I'm the problem not her child). I screen capped it and emailed the conversation to my P, and my P emailed me back tonight and said that the parent actually called another administrator today trying to apologize for what she had sent to me (so, my P is going to call the parent tomorrow and straighten it out). My P said that the parent's behavior toward me was not going to be tolerated. So I think it's vital that a P will back up the teachers if teachers are going to communicate with texting. So...do you ever text parents? What do you use texting for?