Antigone Davis & Collin Robinson: September 16, 2019

FACEBOOK AND THE NATIONAL PTA HELP PARENTS NAVIGATE THE DIGITAL AGE

 

Digital Families Community Events Happening in 200 Cities around the US

 

ANTIGONE DAVIS

Head of Global Safety at Facebook

COLLIN ROBINSON

PTA Connected Ambassador & National PTA Board Member

 

Parenting in the digital age is increasingly complex. Children today are online earlier and earlier, and while kids have more ways than ever to learn and benefit from online experiences, three out of four parents say they worry about their kids’ online safety and want more control. Helping to keep young people safe online — and empowering parents who are raising children in a connected world — is a priority for the National Parent Teacher Association and Facebook.

In September 2018, the National PTA and Facebook announced their collaboration, creating a grant program–open to all PTAs–and hosting events nationwide to provide parents with research-based best practices and tools to empower them to have important conversations with their children about technology. The toolkits for the events were developed using materials from Facebook’s Digital Literacy Library that includes content developed by the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, as well as actionable advice and activities focused around helping families have informed conversations around technology and social media.

The National PTA and Facebook are continuing their “Digital Families Community Events” happening in 200 cities around the US. The events will be taking place in your local communities before the end of the year. The events will address tech-related challenges faced by families today, including bullying prevention, digital literacy, news literacy, and online safety. On September 16, Antigone Davis will discuss the partnership between Facebook and the PTA to bring families this important safety series. She’ll be joined by the PTA’s Collin Robinson who will help educate parents and school administrators about the local events program and resources available on the PTA Digital Families webpage on the ways they can nurture digitally safe families.

For more information, please visit: pta.org/digitalfamilies

 

MORE ABOUT ANTIGONE DAVIS:

Antigone Davis is Head of Global Safety at Facebook, where she works with internal teams at Facebook and with external safety organizations and government bodies to ensure that Facebook remains a leader in online safety and that stakeholders understand the steps Facebook takes to promote safety online. Antigone also spearheads the efforts of Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board, a team of leading safety organizations from around the world who provide Facebook with cutting edge research and advice on best practices, as well as its Global Safety Network. Antigone serves on the International Advisory Board for WePROTECT as well as the boards of the National Cybersecurity Alliance, the Family Online Safety Institute, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Prior to joining Facebook, Antigone spent 10 years working for a State Attorney General. As Senior Advisor to the Attorney General, she helped establish the office’s first online privacy and safety unit, and led the National Association of Attorney General’s 2012-2013 presidential initiative “Privacy in the Digital Age.” Before serving in the public sector, Antigone used her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School as a corporate attorney in Chicago and her master’s in education as a middle school and high school teacher. Antigone received her B.A. from Columbia University.

MORE ABOUT COLLIN ROBINSON:

Collin Robinson serves as a member of the National PTA Board of Directors and as Chair of the Bylaws Committee and works as a freelance web developer.  As a long-time PTA member & leader, with professional experience in the digital space, Collin was named PTA Connected Ambassador in 2018. PTA Connected is an initiative of National PTA to educate and engage families in digital wellness, security, access, equity and literacy. Through the multi-dimensional program, National PTA is focused on deepening the understanding and knowledge of parents, families and teachers about digital safety tools and resources; mobilizing PTAs, schools and communities to engage families around best practices and shared learning; and generating collective impact. As PTA Connected Ambassador, Collin speaks to the needs of parents while learning and adapting to the world of digital parenting alongside them. He is passionate about using his expertise to educate families on how to use digital spaces safely and effectively. Collin is the proud dad of two school-aged children and has been an active PTA parent leader at the local, regional, state and national levels. He served as president of Oregon PTA from 2015-2017.

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