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AT&T and National PTA Team Up to Deliver Free Workshops Addressing Screen Readiness, Healthy Digital Habits

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New “Ready, Tech, Go!” workshop series for parents and caregivers coming to
over 35 elementary schools across the U.S.

What’s the news? 
In today’s connected world, families face challenging decisions. Among them: When are their children ready for a device? How can parents encourage healthy digital habits?  

AT&T and National PTA have joined forces to help parents and caregivers navigate these challenges and share tips, tools and resources to create healthy digital habits.

The collaboration features a “Ready, Tech, Go!” free educational workshop series through which more than 35 workshops will be delivered to parents and caregivers at elementary schools across the country, primarily in underserved communities.

Why is this important? 
Two-thirds (66%) of parents and caregivers say parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technology as a reason why. (Pew Research Center. Parenting Children in the Age of Screens (2020)).

As the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America, National PTA brings knowledge, tools and resources into the lives of families to support their health, safety, well-being and success and help them navigate challenges and thrive. And as a leader in helping to bridge the digital divide, AT&T is committed to providing parents and caregivers with the skills and confidence they need to support their child’s online learning. Together, the two are combining resources to help get kids started with technology safely and responsibly.

How we will make it happen
Local PTAs will lead the workshops developed by National PTA, which includes curated content and resources from AT&T ScreenReady®. During the workshops, parents and caregivers will:

  • Identify and reflect on various aspects of screen readiness.
  • Become familiar with tools and resources to determine screen readiness and discuss digital life.
  • Gain new ideas to help create a healthy digital home.

Workshops are happening at the following locations throughout the rest of the 2022-2023 school year.

New River Elementary
Eagle Ridge Elementary
Forest Ridge Elementary
Tracey's Elementary 
Carnegie Elementary 
Morning Creek Elementary
North Carolina 
Piney Grove Elementary School
Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts 
Lookout Valley Elementary
Quaker Hill Elementary
New Jersey 
Asher Holmes Elementary
Viridian Elementary 
Mitchell Elementary 
Clara Love Elementary 
Keiko Davidson Elementary 
Morningside Elementary 
Sunset Lakes Elementary
Blankner Elementary
Beachside Elementary
New York
Maud S Sherwood Elementary 
Mamaroneck Avenue School 
A.W. Becker Elementary 
Howell Road School
Wynantskill Elementary
Greenwood Elementary
Bountiful Elementary
Millcreek Elementary
Hembree Springs Elementary
Austintown Intermediate School
John Foster Dulles Elementary 
Big Creek Elementary School
Berea Council PTA
BM Williams Primary
Booker T. Washington STEM Academy 
Sutherland Elementary
Creekwood Elementary 
George C. Marshall Elementary 

The collaboration is part of AT&T’s Connected Learning and 3-year $2 billion commitment made in 2021 to help bridge the digital divide. For National PTA, the effort is part of the association’s PTA Connected initiative, which seeks to improve digital access and equity, digital safety and wellbeing, cybersecurity, and digital literacy for all children through tailored programs, dissemination of resources and tools, and community conversations.

What are people saying?
It takes thoughtful collaboration to help narrow the digital divide,” said Mylayna Albright, assistant vice president of corporate social responsibility, AT&T. “And by working with National PTA, we’ll be able to equip parents and caregivers with the tools and resources needed to help get their children connected.”

“Parents and caregivers know what’s best for their own children and every family approaches digital parenting differently, but we have heard from families that they need and want information when it comes to devices and screen time,” said Anna King, president of National PTA. “Through our PTA Connected initiative, we are focused on empowering families with knowledge, tools and resources so they can make the best decisions for their individual household and support healthy digital habits for their children. We are pleased to team up with AT&T in this effort.”

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T

We’re committed to advancing education, creating opportunities, strengthening communities and improving lives. As part of our companywide $2 billion commitment from 2021 to 2023 to address the digital divide, we launched AT&T Connected Learning to invest in connectivity and technology, digital literacy and education solutions to help today’s learners succeed inside and outside of the classroom. Since 2008, we’ve committed to programs that help millions of students across all 50 states and around the world, particularly those in underserved communities.

About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service. No endorsement of AT&T is implied.