The new “Ready, Tech, Go!” workshop series for parents and caregivers promotes healthy digital habits and is coming to more than 35 elementary schools across the U.S.
The “Ready, Tech, Go!” workshop series is a new collaboration between AT&T and National PTA that will deliver more than 35 workshops in elementary schools across the U.S.Workshops are free and open to parents and caregivers and are designed to help them reflect on screen readiness, become familiar with tools and resources to help determine screen readiness, and gain tips and ideas to promote a healthy digital home.Local PTAs will lead the workshops developed by National PTA, which includes curated content and resources from AT&T ScreenReady®.
DALLAS, May 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ —
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.1
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.
Ready, Tech, Go! Workshop Series Locations
New River Elementary
Piney Grove Elementary School
Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts
Eagle Ridge Elementary
Lookout Valley Elementary
Morning Creek Elementary
Asher Holmes Elementary
Quaker Hill Elementary
Maud S Sherwood Elementary
Clara Love Elementary
Mamaroneck Avenue School
Keiko Davidson Elementary
A.W. Becker Elementary
Sunset Lakes Elementary
Howell Road School
Austintown Intermediate School
Hembree Springs Elementary
John Foster Dulles Elementary
Big Creek Elementary School
Berea Council PTA
BM Williams Primary
Booker T. Washington STEM Academy
George C. Marshall Elementary
Forest Ridge 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 PTA.org. National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service. No endorsement of AT&T is implied.
1 Pew Research Center. Parenting Children in the Age of Screens (2020).
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