New Readiness Roadmap Helps You Pave Your Child’s Path Forward

A new Readiness Roadmap from Be a Learning Hero in partnership with National PTA, Univision, Great Schools, Scholastic, Common Sense Media, and other organizations helps parents navigate the sometimes confusing path from childhood to adulthood. The roadmap is based on the Parents 2016 survey that identified the key things that families want and need to … Continue reading New Readiness Roadmap Helps You Pave Your Child’s Path Forward

News from the Illinois PTA Convention—Resolutions

Resolutions are how PTAs can make a difference for every child in Illinois. Many current policies and laws that have made a difference in the lives of children, youth, and families began as a resolution, often from a local PTA unit: establishing a Juvenile Justice System, ensuring complete vision exams for children before starting school, … Continue reading News from the Illinois PTA Convention—Resolutions

Take Your Family to School Week—February 15-19, 2016

PTAs across the country celebrate Founders’ Day, February 17th, in recognition of the legacy and work of Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst, and Selena Sloan Butler to improve the lives of children. As part of this celebration, National PTA has designated the week that includes Founders’ Day Take Your Family to School Week. Family … Continue reading Take Your Family to School Week—February 15-19, 2016

Destination: Family-Driven Care

Today we feature a guest blog post from the Family Consumer Specialists of the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Mental Health (DMH) Child & Adolescent Services, on family-driven care. At the end of the article is a list of Parent Empowerment Calls offered free to all parents in Illinois who have a … Continue reading Destination: Family-Driven Care

Kick off the New Year with The Smart Talk and Win a Summer Vacation to Disney World!

There’s nothing more thrilling than receiving your first smartphone! With so many kids receiving smartphones and tablets for holiday presents, it’s especially timely for parents to sit down with their kids and set some smart ground rules for technology use. What are they allowed to post on social media? What should their privacy settings be … Continue reading Kick off the New Year with The Smart Talk and Win a Summer Vacation to Disney World!

Key Student Leaders Can Help Reduce Bullying

Schools typically deal with bullying by creating policies, training teachers, and then implementing programs for students. A new study by researchers from Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Yale University in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that a better approach might be to start with the students themselves. Researchers focused on groups … Continue reading Key Student Leaders Can Help Reduce Bullying

The Secret Apps that Parents Need to Know About

We covered teen sexting after the Cañon City, Colorado case. One of the questions asked during that case was how hundreds of students could have hidden nude photos on their phones with no parent finding a single one for so long. The answer is photo vaults, which are also known as ghost apps. Photo Vaults/Ghost … Continue reading The Secret Apps that Parents Need to Know About

How to Talk to Your Child About Sexting

Last month, parents in Cañon City, Colorado were shocked to learn that hundreds of students were being investigated for taking, possessing, or sharing nude photographs of themselves or a classmate, also known as sexting (sending sexually-explicit pictures via text, e-mail, or other apps). The potential consequences for these students include child pornography charges and having … Continue reading How to Talk to Your Child About Sexting

The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

From the National Institute of Mental Health Introduction One of the ways that scientists have searched for the causes of mental illness is by studying the development of the brain from birth to adulthood. Powerful new technologies have enabled them to track the growth of the brain and to investigate the connections between brain function, … Continue reading The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

Cyberbullying—A Primer for Parents

Most parents feel that they understand bullying. After all, there were bullies back when they were in school. But what many parents may not have a good handle on is cyberbullying, bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology is not just cell phones, computers, and tablets but also communication tools such as social … Continue reading Cyberbullying—A Primer for Parents

Be SMART by Promoting Responsible Gun Ownership

You may have heard the news that a 6-year-old boy in Chicago accidentally shot and killed his 3-year-old brother. The loaded gun had been stored on top of the refrigerator wrapped in a pair of pajama pants. While such incidents are called accidental shootings, they are not accidents—they are preventable. At least 211 child-involved shootings … Continue reading Be SMART by Promoting Responsible Gun Ownership

Have the Smart Talk with Your Child

National PTA has announced a new, free resource for families that helps parents have clear conversations with their children about using technology and agree on ground rules together. Developed in conjunction with LifeLock called The Smart Talk, the digital tool is designed to empower families to make smarter, safer choices online and help build the next … Continue reading Have the Smart Talk with Your Child

A Summer of Legislative Success for the Children of Illinois

The Illinois PTA is pleased to announce another success on Illinois PTA-supported legislation: Senate Bill 1793, Suicide Awareness Policy, was signed into law by Governor Rauner on August 21, 2015. Now known as Public Act 99-0443 or Ann Marie’s Law, requires that the State Board of Education: Develop a model youth suicide awareness and prevention … Continue reading A Summer of Legislative Success for the Children of Illinois

10 Tips to Get You Ready for Back to School

from kids.gov Back to school time can be both exciting and stressful for students and parents alike. Getting ready for the first day of classes is family effort. These tips from Kids.gov may help parents make this year’s back to school time easier: Schedule time with teachers. Keep an open dialog with school staff to … Continue reading 10 Tips to Get You Ready for Back to School

Governor Signs Two More Illinois PTA-Supported Bills

Governor Rauner continues to take action on bills that were passed by the legislature this past spring, including two more that were supported by the Illinois PTA. Multiple Measure Index Bill House Bill 2683, the Multiple Measure Index Bill, now known as Public Act 99-0193, was signed into law on July 30, 2015 by Governor Rauner. … Continue reading Governor Signs Two More Illinois PTA-Supported Bills

News from National Convention—Resolutions

One of the important business items at the National PTA Convention is adoption of resolutions. PTA resolutions and position statements are official documents outlining the opinion, will, or intent of the association to address national problems, situations, or concerns that affect children and youth and require national action to seek resolution on the issue. They … Continue reading News from National Convention—Resolutions