Blue Mountains Mums is your hub for all things parenting, children and Mum-related. It’s where we find connection with one another, support, encouragement, recommendations and advice. Blue Mountains Mums is a safe space to ask questions, celebrate the joys of being a Mum and sustain one another through challenging times.
To maintain Blue Mountains Mums as a safe and positive community, we have created guidelines that outline how we might best interact with one another.
✔️ No marketing, spamming or business self-promotion posts (this includes not-for-profit organisations). Please use our website for this.
✔️ No selling stuff, wanted ads or garage sales. There are other local Facebook selling groups designed for that purpose.
✔️ Please do not criticise local businesses publicly. Contact them directly to resolve the issue.
✔️ Be kind and respectful. Treat people as you would face to face.
✔️ Be safe. Don’t post personal contact information.
✔️ Medical Advice. Please get the opinion of a professional too!
The finer details
Be Kind and Respectful
Please remember that behind every name is a person. It is sometimes difficult to say what we actually mean when we write a post on social media. It is easy to be misunderstood or to hurt others by what we say. More often than not, no one means to hurt others but our words can sometimes be misconstrued to say something more than we really mean. So please take care to reread your post or response to ensure that you are kind and respectful to others’ ideas and beliefs.We’re all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let’s treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required. Friendly emoticons are helpful 🙂
Blue Mountains Mums is not the forum to complain about products, local businesses or companies. If you’ve had a negative experience with a company, please contact them directly so that they have the opportunity to resolve the issue with you. Making a complaint or defaming a business in a public forum can cripple a business, particularly if it is a small business trying to get off the ground. If you see a negative comment, please report it to us using the ‘Report to Admin’ button, so that the comment can be deleted immediately (there is a small down arrow to the right of the post).
Blue Mountains Mums will not be held accountable for any comments made by members. We encourage you to read more about social media defamation here:
Support, Safety and Information
This group exists because parenting is hard and we all need a kind and supportive community. It takes a village. We all struggle at times, in different ways so please refrain from rants about what you see other parents doing or judging their parenting methods. We’d love to remain a safe, positive and informative space for all parents in our community and do not want anyone to feel criticised. When we know more, we do better. If you know about an unsafe situation involving children, please inform the appropriate authorities immediately.
Blue Mountains Mums Facebook Group is a community group designed for local Mums to connect, ask for advice or recommendations and have fun together – it is not designed for self-promotion.
Blue Mountains Mums Facebook Group is not an advertising space for businesses and marketers to find ways to promote themselves. You are only allowed to suggest your own business if it is a current post in the comments section (up to 48 hours old) when someone is seeking a recommendation, but please do not search for older posts relevant to your business and comment on them.
Please do not post links to promote your own website (even if it is relevant to Mums or a not-for-profit organisation – as most websites are relevant to Mums), another Facebook group or Instagram page. There are so many wonderful and helpful businesses and initiatives that help Mums (photography services, cake makers, holiday workshops, new Facebook groups, Etsy stores, maternal services, early childhood centres etc).
However, to limit how much advertising appears day to day we have had to limit it to just businesses and organisations who are listed on our website and ONLY during Business Hour.
If someone asks for a recommendation, you can respond with your recommendation in the comments section but no new post should be created that is telling the group about a business or organisation and their upcoming events (which are connected to financial gain fo the business or organisation).
When posting, it is helpful to ask yourself whether you are seeking help from the group or looking to promote your business or cause/agenda. Generally speaking, if staff get paid an income in the business or organisation, then the post will not be approved (occasionally exceptions at the discretion of Blue Mountains Mums may apply). If any business or organisation would like to advertise with Blue Mountains Mums on our website or during Business Hour please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how.
If you would like to tell Mums about free community events, meetups and any other helpful community initiatives that are not connected to a business, organisation or financial gain, you are welcome to post them to the group. If the post isn’t urgent, please wait until Business Hour to post.
If you’ve had an incredible experience with a local business, and want to give them an endorsement or recommendation to the group, you are welcome to do so during Business Hour (1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 8 – 10pm). You must be a genuine customer though, not employed or affiliated with the business in any way.
We would love to hear about your business. If you would like to share your business on our website, please contact us at email@example.com to set up your listing. You can then write business posts on our Facebook page during our 1st and 3rd Monday evenings Blue Mountains Mums Business Hour between 8 and 10pm. We would like our Facebook group to be predominantly a local community page, rather than an advertising space.
If you list on our website your events may be listed in our Event Listings on our website. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to add your event to our calendar. You can share your event during Blue Mountains Mums Business Hour between 8 and 10pm every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
No unsolicited private messaging of group members is permitted. This particularly includes multi-level marketers. It is not permitted to promote or sell products in response to posts. If you would like to share your business on our website, please contact us at email@example.com. If anyone spam messages you without being invited to, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
When you recommend a business, please only recommend them if you have personally used their product or service. Family and friends might know of your wonderful business but if they haven’t personally used your product or service then their recommendation is not as credible as actual customers. If you are employed by that business in any way you are not allowed to make recommendations of that business. We would like to ensure that only true and genuine customers are recommending the products and services being recommended.
No Selling Stuff
Please do not post items for sale. This includes houses for rent or sale, baby items, toys, cleaning products, weight loss shakes, all in one mixers and related products for sale etc. There are many other fantastic Facebook groups specifically for selling things. Try Everything for Bubs and Kids; Blue Mountains Buy, Sell or Swap; and Garage Sale Blue Mountains.
Please do not post photos that might make someone feel uncomfortable. If you need to post a photo, consider whether it might be best to post it in the comments so that we can choose to look at it or not, especially if it is a bit yucky, scary or anxiety provoking!
If you post a picture of your child please consider blurring emblems on school uniforms, hats and bags etc, to keep your children’s identity and whereabouts safe. Photos of nude or partially nude children are not to be shared and will be deleted.
We encourage open discussion but please remember that advice and opinions given on this page should not replace the recommendations of qualified medical practitioners nor be sought instead of a professional consultation. If you are concerned about your own or your child’s health please seek professional medical advice (see the comprehensive list of contact numbers at the end of this post). Blue Mountains Mums accepts no responsibility for the advice given by members.
Being part of this group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What’s shared in the group should stay in the group.
If you are a blogger, writer or journalist, you are not permitted to use posts from our Blue Mountains Mums Facebook group as the basis of an article. This applies to both professional and amateur writers. If you would like to write a story, you must first request permission by emailing the us at email@example.com and gain the individual permission of those involved.
If you would like advice about a sensitive topic (early pregnancy, relationship issues) and would like your question submitted anonymously, click on the blue incognito image in the Discussion field and make your own post.
Please be aware that we do need to be selective about the posts that we choose to publish and we might also suggest other options for support. You should also search older posts to see if the topic has been previously discussed. All anonymous posts are seen by admin and treated with discretion.
No Hate Speech or Bullying
Blue Mountains Mums is determined to ensure that everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn’t allowed, and degrading comments regarding race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated. Please avoid discussion topics that might cause heated arguments, such as immunisation, politics and voting preferences, sexuality or religion. Seeking credible online articles or speaking to a relevant person face to face are better ways to seek information.
Keep Personal Details Private
Please refrain from posting your name, address or contact number on our page, for your own safety. It is also recommended that you do not disclose where your child goes to school or childcare.
No ‘vote for me’ posts, please. This included baby voting competitions.
Charities, ‘Go Fund Me’ and Not For Profit Events and Fundraising
Blue Mountains Mums would like to help promote your fundraising event or charity in our Events listing on our website or during the allocated business hours. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this. No ‘Go Fund Me’ requests sorry.
This group was created in May 2020. If you have friends who might be interested in joining, simply click ‘Add Friends to Group’.
All questions should be sent to email@example.com (rather than contacting us on our personal Facebook Messenger app).
We hope that you enjoy the great community we have in our Blue Mountains Mums Facebook Group!
Important information when posting on social media
Before you post a comment on social media, you should consider the following:
- Information travels quickly online. A tweet posted on a public Twitter account can be viewed by anyone around the globe.
- Comments can be difficult to retract. Remember that others can share your posts and screenshot them.
- Is what you’re saying truthful and accurate? Do you have evidence to support what you’re saying? If not, don’t post it!
- If you’re posting your opinion, use opinion-based language (e.g. “I believe that…”) and make sure that opinion is based on facts that you can establish are true.
- Think of yourself as an editor of a newspaper, because you will be just as liable if you defame someone.
(Slater and Gordon Ltd, 2020, https://www.slatergordon.com.au/blog/social-media-and-defamation)
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