by Membership Services Commission
MEMBERSHIP TIP: HOW TO PROMOTE SAFER INTERNET USAGE
The pandemic has forced students and educators across all levels of education to rapidly adapt to online learning. Safer Internet Day is February 9th and PTAs can build awareness and support schools and families by sharing National PTA resources. Help members BE INTERNET AWESOME! Use the following tools to encourage your students and communities to be good digital citizens, to prevent cyberbullying, and to teach best practices for their safety as they grow up in this digital world.
Check out the Google + National PTA Workshops
Learn how to set up and download the YouTube Kids app, activate the parent tools, and discover examples of unique programming available.
National PTA and Google teamed up for National Bullying Prevention Month to share tools and resources for families to help teach kids to be safer, smart, and kind online with the Be Internet Awesome program.
As we spend more time at home, Google created this workshop to share tools for PTA parents that help manage kids’ screen time, from Family Link parental controls to finding quality content on the new Google Kids Space tablets.
START PLANNING FUTURE MEMBERSHIP DRIVES
As we start thinking about elections and transition, remember you can still make a big impact this school year. Because this has been such an unusual year, parents and families may have forgotten to join the PTA– February is the perfect time to send out a reminder note!
And it’s never too early to start looking ahead to next fall and your efforts to increase membership in the coming school year. Here are a couple of things you may want to consider:
- Evaluate what worked well for you this year and what might need some fine tuning: Maybe there’s something that you and your team found really successful that can be used for next year or during the rest of this year. Was there something you tried that didn’t quite deliver the results you wanted? Now is a great time to evaluate.
- Plan early: Whether you’re a returning leader of your local PTA, or a newly elected officer, it’s not too early to start thinking about the upcoming year. There will be multiple training opportunities available at the council, district, and state levels. Take advantage of these opportunities to get a jump start on next year’s membership campaign.
- Review our archive of Membership Monday issues to jump-start your planning.
- Make a plan to reach out to everyone: Everyone belongs in PTA. Take a good hard look at the current makeup of your PTA board and members to see if there’s anyone from your school community that isn’t represented and develop a plan to reach out to those potential members.
GET EXCITED AND START PLANNING & BUDGETING FOR FOUNDERS’ DAY
If you have plans for Founders’ Day 2022– We would love to hear about them. Please share your success on social media and tag us. We want to celebrate with you. If you haven’t started planning a PTA Founders’ Day event–feel free to hold your celebration later in the year. Yes, PTA was founded on February 17, 1897, but we can celebrate all year. Take the time now to form a committee to start planning. You can even start planning for next year.
Why PTA? We’re so glad you asked. Share this flier with your parents and community in six languages!
WE STAND FOR ALL CHILDREN! PTA is part of the fabric of the United States’ public-education system and a trusted partner to millions of parents, families, educators and community members, as it advocates for the education, welfare, health and safety of all children. PTA has been instrumental in establishing programs and services to improve children’s lives.
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FIND LOW-COST (OR FREE) INTERNET AND COMPUTERS THROUGH CETF
CETF is a non-profit organization that can connect you with a wide range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and device providers that feature affordable computers and internet solutions, and now, they can even help connect you with internet providers offering free service (for a limited time). Click here to read CETF’s flier in English or Spanish to get more information about how to qualify, and who to contact. Click here to visit CETF’s website to find providers in your area.