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Plum’s Pivik PTA receives internet safety workshop grant

Michael DiVittorio

Plum elementary parents and teachers will have an opportunity to learn about digital safety from a national organization and major internet search company.

National Parent Teacher Association and Google have awarded Pivik PTA a $1,000 grant to host a Be Internet Awesome Family workshop.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 3 at Pivik, 151 School Road. It’s open to all Plum elementary families. Registration is requested.

Pivik was one of 200 PTAs nationwide to receive the inaugural grant.

“The PTA Connected (workshop) allows parents to explore their excitements and worries about raising children in a connected world, and to work through discussion-based, parent-to-parent sessions on topics like password security and safe websites,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “Parents will walk away with the awareness of the topics and access to resources, answers to questions about online safety and digital citizenship, and action plans and information to help facilitate discussions at home.”

To supplement the program, Pivik will receive a Be Internet Awesome kit with materials in English and Spanish. The kit includes a Google Pixelbook laptop.

Pivik PTA President Erin Hill said her group sought the grant to help parents learn more about the online world and how to navigate it.

“There is so much popping up every day that is new — both good and bad. It is hard, at least for me, to keep up and be proactive when talking with my kids about what they may come in contact with on the internet,” Hill said. “This grant and the resources it provides (are) a wonderful way to get our families of elementary students talking with each other and with their kids about safely using online technology. I’m excited to hear what techniques other parents are using and how we all can learn from each other.”

Interested parents should email [email protected] to register or for more information.

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Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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