Private posts as a default setting

An increasing problem for us is that as teachers become more reliant on Seesaw for providing feedback for their students, the issue is the fact that all of the work that teachers provide feedback is shared with parents as soon as it approved is a bigger and bigger problem, it's either that of delete it. 
 
We don’t necessarily want parents to see the feedback given by teachers to their children on every piece of work that they complete, and even more problematic is not all parents handle that kind of information well, some can be very critical/judgemental of their child in a way that their child’s teacher would not be. 
 
We realise that there is a 'private' teacher folder option, but that is very tedious to use as it requires several clicks on every single post, post by post, there isn’t an option to move multiple posts (ie all of classes responses to an Activity) into the teachers folder with a couple of clicks, and even we could we still want the child to be able to see it, just not their parents we well, at least not yet. So now in desperation teachers are having to delete posts that students submit after they’ve given them feedback which is disheartening to say the least, and it’s still a tedious process as every post has to be deleted one by one. 
 
Now we have teachers who are shifting to using other platforms like Google Classroom and Hapara to manage students submissions and feedback so they are able to review and assess that work privately between them and the child without needing that work to be shared with parents. There is also the issue that parents also feel overloaded with the amount of post they receive if they are shared on all the work that students are giving getting feedback on by their hard-working teachers. 
 
It would be great if there was an option where there was more control over which posts were actually visible to parents and which posts were not or even setting it to the default that post are not visible to parents unless a teacher specifically indicates that it should be. We regularly get complaints from parents that they feel they are overloaded with posts from Seesaw (especially if they had several children in the primary school), we’ve had no complaints from parents from classrooms where the seesaw feed is managed and curated more carefully. Less is more. 
 
Sean
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  • I agree that having this option would be extremely useful. Especially in times of online learning, where teachers need to feedback to students about how drafts etc can be improved. Teachers (and students) don't always need the parents to see that work or those comments. If Seesaw is going to be used as more than a 'online polished work portfolio,' this option really is necessary.  

    The blog is nice, but it doesn't eliminate the child's own parents seeing working that is meant only for the teacher or the class.

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  • Yes! I'd love to leave many assignments in the class journal, but I can't because others can read comments. I use the blog, but it would be nice to have this option. 

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  • Yes it would be great to have this option.

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  • This would be a super useful feature. 

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  • Agree, this would be a helpful feature. Thanks. 

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  • I totally agree this would be a great option and extremely useful. As a teacher, you don't always want parents to read your feedback and this would allow for more open communication between child and teacher, especially during times of online learning.

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  • Hi Sean,

    I agree with this too. It would be great to have an option about which posts are visible to parents and which posts are not. Thanks for bringing this up.

    Leah

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  • This would be a very helpful feature, especially when children are videoing their work or recording a response.  Often there is a lot of background noise from other students or the teacher which can't be edited out.  

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