One out of two Swedes want to report their school children sick by SMS

More than 70 percent of the respondents in the survey said they wanted news and general information from their children’s day care centre and school via e-mail. The corresponding figure for municipal decision-makers is 56 percent. Municipalities in Sweden prefer to distribute information the conventional way in letters, according to 60 percent of the polled decision-makers in the municipalities.

“We see a loose connection between the needs of municipal residents and the service offerings of their municipalities. Communication channels in schools and preschools is an example,” says Indra Åsander, head of the consumer segment at TeliaSonera Sweden. “It is apparent that parents today want to communicate in a simple and efficient manner with day care centres and schools via e-mail and SMS.”

Easier to report children sick by SMS
The service at the top of the wish list is the possibility to receive an SMS message when a child is absent from school (56 percent) and to send an sms or e-mail message to report a child sick to the day care centre or school (50 percent). An equal number of people (50 percent) want to be able to check the waiting list for a day care centre or high school on the Internet. In addition, 40 percent want to receive a weekly newsletter from a day care centre or school by e-mail.

About the survey
Using an online survey, TeliaSonera Sweden has asked questions to private persons to find out how they want to communicate with day care centres and schools. A total of 6,000 people answered the questionnaire. A corresponding survey was also made among 250 municipal decision-makers in different areas of Sweden. The entire report (in Swedish only) is available at under “Press”.

For further information journalists can contact:
Indra Åsander, head of the consumer segment at TeliaSonera Sweden,
+46-(0)8-713 58 30