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The reality of the parents’ WhatsApp group: 'It doesn’t take much for a lynch mob to whip up'

From boasts about homemade costumes to gunning for teachers, the class messaging group can be a huge source of stress for some parents

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Parents' WhatsApp groups can be stressful. Picture posed

Parents' WhatsApp groups can be stressful. Picture posed

Parents' WhatsApp groups can be stressful. Picture posed

It was the Halloween thread that finally did it for — let’s call her Helen (ALL names have been changed in this piece) — “the back and forth about homemade costumes: ‘does anyone have a cloak they can lend for a Polonius costume?’ ‘I’ve made a doublet out of old culottes’, followed by crying-laughing emojis.

I had no idea what they were on about. My daughter had to explain — it was a Hamlet-themed Halloween, because that’s what the class were reading in school. I haven’t read Hamlet. I had no idea who Polonius was, and the idea that I was going to make a costume…”


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