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PTA Connected

National PTA +TikTok

As part of our PTA Connected initiative, National PTA has teamed up with TikTok to help parents learn more about how their teens are using this highly popular social video sharing app, educate families about safety on the app and guide parents in having open, ongoing conversations with their teens to ensure they are using social media productively and responsibly.

2020 PTA Connected Family Workshop Grant, Sponsored by TikTok

Congratulations to the 30 local PTAs who received $1,000 in funding to host PTA Connected events supported by TikTok in their communities during the 2019-2020 school year. Check out the 2020 PTA Connected TikTok Grantees!


Common Online Scenarios

TikTok is one of the fastest growing apps today. It allows you to post short 15 - 60 second videos and people like it because TikTok has built a community that encourages users to express themselves creatively and authentically. Whether it's dance, free-style or performance, creators are encouraged to let their imagination run wild.

Students and parents will work collaboratively and be challenged to design a skit of the best way to react if the scenarios listed below were to happen to them.

To help students and parents develop well-reasoned actions and reactions, students and parents can play out internet safety scenarios together. This activity will give parents and teens a chance to work out the best way to respond IRL. Following the activity, ask volunteers to act out or share their skit or learnings. Encourage parents and teens to record their skit(s) on TikTok and incorporate its effects and text.

When you see your friend being bullied in the comments online. 
TikTok Tips Video

When you get a follow request from someone you don't know
TikTok Tips Video

When you notice that your friend has their birthdate and home address in their bio 
TikTok Tips Video

When you notice a fellow user seems upset and posted something sad. 
TikTok Tips Video 

When you can't put your phone down at dinner. 
TikTok Tips Video

Planning Toolkit

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

Wrap Up

National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service. No endorsement of TikTok is implied.