Local PTAs can apply for grants or to host events, and hosts will be trained on online safety and best practices for handling technology-related issues such as bullying prevention and digital and news literacy. Digital Families Community Events will be held in all 50 states.
Facebook head of global safety Antigone Davis said in a Newsroom post, “We’re proud to work with the National PTA to help parents who are raising kids in a connected world. With more and more young people going online, this topic is more important than ever. Last year, we launched the Facebook Parents Portal with tips to make it easier for parents to talk to their children about what they do online and set guidelines. We also continue to consult with external experts and advisors in the fields of online safety, child development and media, such as Net Family News, Center on Media and Child Health, MediaSmarts, the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Fred Rogers Center. The toolkits for the events are developed by experts including contributions by the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.”