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What Does It Mean to be PTA Connected?

Parenting in the digital age is complex. PTA Connected strives to help children act safely, responsibly and thoughtfully online. National PTA has been a partner to parents on digital parenting topics for over 5 years, exploring in-depth the issues that are on the minds of today’s families, and connecting parents with tools, research and supports to make the best decisions for their children.

With PTA Connected, you are:

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Connected to programs that help PTA leaders facilitate event nights designed to increase the knowledge of digital well-being in your community.

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Connected to best practices, expert resources and tools that provide parents with the information they are looking for on how to have conversations with their children about living a healthy and safe life online.

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Connected with each other as we navigate and adapt together to build and grow as a digital community.


What is Digital Wellness?

Digital wellness is being aware of how you spend your time online. It includes being mindful of your online presence and footprint; how you interact with social networks, games and apps; the ways you protect your identity; and how you balance your time online within your daily life.

Understanding digital wellness helps families play, learn, connect and grow together. As our world becomes increasingly digital, the solution doesn’t lie in eliminating technology. It’s about making technology work for you and actively evaluating how you use your devices to, ultimately, better yourself and the world around you.

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PTA Connected Programs and Grant Opportunities

Be Internet Awesome 

GoogleBe Internet Awesome Family Workshops

To make the most of the Internet, families need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Google's Be Internet Awesome allows parents to explore their excitements and worries about raising children in a connected world and to work through discussion-based, parent-to-parent sessions on topics like password security and safe websites. 

Parents will walk away with: 

  • Awareness of the topics and access to resources
  • Answers to questions about online safety and digital citizenship
  • Action plans and information to help facilitate discussions at home  

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Digital Families Community Events

Facebook LogoDigital Families Community Events

PTA Connected with Facebook Digital Community Events will serve as opportunities to empower families to have honest conversations about how they respond to real life online interactions and how they can protect each other online. Parents will be given the space to connect with their children in order to understand what it's like for them to grow up online. 

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The Smart Talk

Smart Talk LogoThe Smart Talk

PTA Connected with LifeLock The Smart Talk program empowers families to have honest conversations about digital wellbeing and device usage by creating a personalized contract. With this tool and program, PTA leaders will introduce parents to resources that help them have an engaging and honest conversation with their children.

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Access

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In partnership with Access from AT&T and Everyone On, PTA leaders can help connect families in low-income communities to affordable internet. PTA Connected provides resources to get PTA leaders started in hosting Access enrollment events in their community. Access is an important part of closing the achievement gap among students, who increasingly use the internet to learn and do homework.

More Resources for Families

Digital You, created in collaboration with Common Sense Media, helps you with privacy, safety and security as you connect online.

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Watch our informational webinar aboutt how you can help your members receive affordable internet access at home.

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Looking for...

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...a way to start the conversation?

Take a look at:

The Smart Talk

Facebook's Parent Portal  

...ways to incorporate this into your classroom?

Take a look at:

Teacher Center

Bullying Prevention Hub


...tools to oversee your child's internet use?

Take a look at:

Family Link

Parent Portal


...connectivity and accessibility?

Take a look at:

Access

Everyone On




Already doing work on digital citizenship?

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