The Facebook group is a place where mums on the Northern Beaches can ask each other questions, seek advice, get recommendations, share suggestions and information, and generally support each other. Some topics can be a bit controversial to some people and we can all feel a bit fragile at time, particularly when we are sleep deprived, so when posting or responding to a post, we ask you keep the following in mind:
- Posts including weight loss shakes and programs, immunisations, circumcision, medical advise and same sex marriage tend to cause heated debates and the admin team may remove them and any other posts without warning.
- ALWAYS seek professional medical advice if you are concerned about a medical issue.
- Please use the SEARCH function to search the group for old posts.
- Topics such as daycare centres, hairdressers, doctors, cake markers and controlled crying are discussed often and you may find the answers in an old post. If you choose not to search, keep in mind you may not receive many responses if the topic has been covered before.
- If you have a post removed, it is most likely because it is against the group rules. Please don’t be personally offended, but feel free to read the group rules so you can understand the rationale behind the decisions.
IF YOU BREAK THE RULES YOU MAY BE REMOVED WITHOUT WARNING!
The Facebook group is categorised as “parenting” which gives all members the option to post in the group anonymously. You can post how you would normally post, but make sure you choose “anonymous post” so that it is posted as “group member” and not under your name. These posts will go to pending posts for the admin team to approve or decline.
Whilst we offer anonymous posts for content that is sensitive or private, from time to time we may reject an anonymous post based on content such as breaches of the group rules or the post is not sensitive in nature. Please DO NOT message any of the admin team directly regarding an anonymous post. If you need to change or check the status of your post, please message Nora Beacon.
RECOMMENDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS / NO SOLICITING BUSINESS VIA PRIVATE MESSAGES
Only businesses with a listing in the business directory may self promote or recommend their business or themselves on posts ‘asking for recommendations’. If a business does not have a listing, and they comment on a post (self promotion) their comment will be removed.
Members are not permitted to private message other members of this group purely for business purposes. For example, if a mum posts that she is having sleep issues, she does not wish for every sleep expert to privately message her offering their services. It actually makes the mum not want to use your service and she may complain to the admin team.
Any member that solicits business privately will be removed from the group.
Also, you are not allowed to search and comment on old posts relevant to your business. Posts must be a maximum of 48 hours old in order to recommend your business.
Members who are part of Multi-Level Marketing companies (eg. Rodan + Fields, Arbonne, Isagenix, Nutrimetics, Herbalife, Avon etc) require a directory listing to promote during business night and self promote on posts.
BABY SITTERS AND NANNIES
There are alot of mums that are offering baby sitting or nanny services, and there are alot of mums that are asking for babysitting or nanny services, but even when it is asking for recommendations it becomes a job post. There are a number of other Facebook groups that allow you to post babysitting and nannying jobs and positions such as Babysitters, Carers And Nannies Northern Beaches Sydney.
CHARITIES AND FUNDRAISERS
No charity or Go Fund Me posts. Please DO NOT post personal links to charity events you are in charge of or taking part in.
VACCINATIONS AND CIRCUMCISION
No posts relating to vaccinations or circumcision are allowed. These are an inflammatory subject which has only ever ended in two sides unable to agree, nasty comments being made and general upset in the group.
If you are seeking advice or information on these subjects, or indeed any medical subject, we urge you to seek professional medical advice.
Any posts about vaccinations or circumcision will be deleted.
REAL ESTATE – BUYING, SELLING OR RENTING
Please DO NOT post links to real estate for sale or rent. This includes Air BNB. Looking for places to stay (short term or long term) is also not allowed.
BUY SWAP SELL BORROWING
Please DO NOT list items wanted to buy, swap, sell or borrow, even if they are free. They may be able to be posted in one of our other groups (but check their group rules before posting).
Northern Beaches Kids Classifieds: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NBKGclassifieds/
Sell Buy Swap Free Northern Beaches: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sellbuyswapfreenbnew/
Northern Sydney Suburbs Sell Buy Swap: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NorthBuySwapSell
Facebook is an OPEN forum, even if it is a closed group.
Be reminded that anyone can copy and paste or take a screen shot of YOUR POST. We cannot stop this! ANY MEMBER FOUND DOING THIS WILL BE REMOVED.
If you have a post that might cause problems by being attached to your name, then please post is anonymously. If anyone blocks or abuses any of the admin team, you will automatically be removed from the group. Remember, if you don’t want to see your comments or name online, then please don’t post them. There ARE trolls on the internet and they are always on the look out to exploit you.
We do our best to screen everyone who joins the group, but some do slip through.
Please remember no males are allowed to join the group (and this includes shared/joint profiles eg. JohnandJulie Smith) and we do ask that if your Facebook profile has only recently been created that you contact the admin team to request permission to join the group.
NO member of this group (whether you are a journalist, a family members, a friend or associate of a journalist or blogger or in any way associated with the media) are to post a screen shot or reference any post or comment made in this group in the media space without WRITTEN consent from the admin team as well as the member(s) referenced. You must also not use this group to research blogs and articles without permission.
Ignoring this rule will result in immediate removal from the group. This is a place for mums and mums-to-be where we provide a platform with an expectation that names and personal comments will not end up in the news.
If you have something valuable to say and you think that the community would benefit from it, please consider sending it to us for use as a blog on the website. Send these to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESPECTING EACH OTHER AND LOCAL BUSINESSES
Please be respectful of people’s opinions or methods, especially if they are different to yours. Having so many views on everything is a wonderful thing! Everyone’s views are welcome here.
DON’T BADMOUTH LOCAL BUSINESSES. This can be very damaging, so any ‘name and shame’ posts will not be allowed and will be deleted, and the members may be removed from the group. If you have had a bad experience with a company, contact the company directly to let them know and to get them to resolve it directly. Complaining in the group can have devastating consequences for a business. Northern Beaches Mums will not be held accountable for any such comments made.
This applies even if you do not name a business. So long as there is enough information for other people to possibly recognise who the defamatory material is about you, then it is not allowed.
You must not offer to send or ask for a pm to be sent in relation to negative feedback on any business. Anyone doing so may be removed.
The admin team cannot get involved in any personal disputes between members, including where a member may be a business. All disputes must be handled privately.
Please be nice and respectful. Everyone does things differently, so let’s all live and let live, and treat people as you would in the ‘real world.’
NOT WELCOME – any offensive language, bullying, direct bother, insult retaliation, defamation of character or business or unsupportive comments. The post will be removed immediately and the member may also be removed. Any comments deemed to be negative in any way will be deleted and you may be removed from the group.
It is important to remember that there are always two sides to a story… negatively posting or commenting regarding a company or person only gives one side of the story. More often then not the other party does not even have the chance to defend themselves. In a group this size and this active, a single negative comment can start an avalanche that quickly destroys business, families and lives.
Any slamming of a person or business within comments will also see the commenter deleted without warning. Even if you did not name, as long as there is enough information for other people to recognise that the defamatory material is about you, then it is enough.
For more information on this issue visit https://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/publications/factsheets-and-resources/online-social-networking-defamation
We understand that we rely on each other’s recommendations and we love to benefit from each other’s experiences. But sadly have been experiencing a huge surge in what appears to be non genuine recommendations. By this we mean recommendations which are made for a business belonging to a friend or relative, or where the poster has been asked and/or incentivised to make the recommendation. The result of this is that as a group, we can’t trust those recommendations.
Therefore you may only recommend a business or service where someone has posted a ‘looking for recommendation’ post. We understand that many of you actually do love and want to recommend businesses owned by friends and relatives but if you are recommending them you must declare your relationship to that business, otherwise the recommendation will be removed. As usual, if you are a business owner, you must have a directory listing to self promote or recommend your business in any post.
REMEMBER that recommendations are only useful to the group when they are genuine, and questionable recommendations only weaken every other review someone has offered. We aim to be a Facebook group where our members can get trustworthy recommendations. Therefore, members who have a personal or professional relationship (such as a friend, a relative, an employee, a contractor or part of a business networking group) with the business they are recommending MUST disclose this information, otherwise they will be removed from the group.
The admin team reserve the right to remove recommendations from a person or business who has been removed from the group or who is known to have slandered the group or an individual admin in other forums.
Anyone found creating fake profiles to post recommendations to any business they have connections with will be immediately removed from the group.
No babysitting, nanny, looking for work, links to your blogs, acting as an influencer for a brand or service type role and any promotion related work where you are paid financially or via free products or services for your recommendations are allowed.
Business night is on Tuesdays from 7pm to 9pm. Business night is ONLY for businesses that have purchase a business directory listing on the Northern Beaches Mums website.
The cost ranges from $110 to $499 plus GST (depending on which option you choose) for 12 month. It also provides 12 months access to the business night in the Facebook group. You can only post once, but you can bump the post up to 4 times before 9pm.
To get a business directory go to https://northernbeachesmums.com.au/business-listings/
Northern Beaches Mums also has many other advertising opportunities. To download a media kit go to https://northernbeachesmums.com.au/media-kit/
THE ADMIN TEAM
The admin team of this group are volunteers. They are all long time members who are mums with jobs, families and busy lives, and they dedicate many hours each week of their own time to help keep the group running smoothly.
All decisions by the admin team are final, please do not bad mouth or question them publicly. If you disagree with a decision, please private message Nora Beacon. Any member found to be questioning the admin team with the group will be removed.
We really want everyone to have a positive experience in this group. Bullying, trolling, breaking the rules or blocking anyone from the admin team is not accepted. If it is found that a member has done any of these, they will be removed and blocked from the group immediately. THE DECISION BY THE ADMIN TEAM IS FINAL.
We would like to thank all the members who have participated in discussions so far. There is so much combined information here and your answers are so helpful! It’s you that makes this group work so well.
If you feel anyone is being disrespectful or inappropriate, please report the post.