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PTA Connected with LifeLock: The Smart Talk

Did you know? The time to have a digital safety conversation with your kids is before they get their first device. 

When kids start becoming even more tech savvy than the adults in their lives, it can become a daunting task to stay one step ahead of them and ensure that they are staying safe online. 

Get proactive with The Smart Talk, by National PTA and Symantec and learn:

  • How to determine who should “friend” or “follow” your account?
  • When to share photos or videos online?
  • How to respond to negative comments or posts on social media?
  • Whether to use location-based services on apps?
  • How much screen time is appropriate?

The Smart Talk


Digital Safety Ground Rules

The Smart Talk We heard from parents and PTA leaders across the country that they wanted to be able to connect as a family online safely. National PTA’s solution to help families with digital safety was born: The Smart Talk.

The Smart Talk walks families through a series of guided questions to establish a digital safety conversation, which then creates a personalized agreement based on your answers. Once your agreement is complete, you can print it off, sign it, and hang it on the fridge so everyone remembers the ground rules.

Hear How Parents Use The Smart Talk



2019 PTA Connected SmartTalk Conversation Grant


Congratulations to the PTAs who received $1,000 to host a SmartTalk Conversation at their school during the month of February, in celebration of Safer Internet Day on Feb. 11, 2020. 25 local PTAs received the grant sponsored by Symantec and 5 received the grant sponsored by Life 360! Check out the 2019 SmartTalk Conversation Grantees, sponsored by Symantec and those sponsored by Life 360!



Host a SmartTalk Conversation Toolkit

Use the resources below to plan and host a SmartTalk Conversation Event with parents and students at your local school. 

At the Smart Talk Conversation event, you will host a 15-20 minute presentation with the help of a digital safety expert, school technology officer or similar speaker to give a family-appropriate presentation on digital safety that encourages students to participate with their parents.



Smart Talk Sign at School

Smart Talk Presentation



Smart Talk event programming is a part of the PTA Connected initiative made possible with the support of Presenting and Founding Sponsorship of LifeLock.

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