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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Expert advice and practical ideas for raising kids and becoming a vital part of their education.

PTA Partners With Consumer Reports for School Safety Program

The National PTA has recently partnered with Consumer Reports and the National School Boards Association to form the School Safety Alert Program to alert parents, schools and educators immediately to imminent dangers and allow them to remove potentially dangerous—even lethal—products from their homes and schools. Go to for more information on the partnership to keep your children safe. Read on for important product safety information from Consumer Reports.

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PTA Resources on Cyberbullying

Keeping Kids Busy Offline Keeps Them Safer Online

The Online Mom reports that recent research from Queensland, Australia has drawn a parallel between the activities of children offline and the likelihood of them getting into trouble online. Griffith University researchers Margee Hume and Gillian Sullivan-Mort interviewed over 150 children between the ages of 10 and 18 and found that those involved in fewer extracurricular activities were also the ones most likely to exhibit risky behavior online.

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What's New on the PTA Great Idea Bank?

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Author Donates Book to Benefit Underprivileged Readers

In response to President Barack Obama's "United We Serve" campaign, young adult author Barry Hoffman is donating the first 10,000 copies of his latest book, Curse of Shamra, to schools and other educational institutions nationwide in an effort to advance literacy among the underprivileged. Contributions from Hoffman, a former school teacher who taught for 30 years in the Philadelphia public school system, have already benefited thousands of young readers in classrooms, homeless shelters, Native American reservations, libraries, and homes in low-income areas across the country.

If you are interested in receiving copies of Curse of Shamra for your school, visit or contact Hoffman at Teachers, school librarians, or PTA members can request evaluation copies or classroom sets of the book by filling out the form found on the website.

Quick Parent Tips

  • How often do we lie to our kids? The perils of "Pinocchio Parenting" are explained in this article from Canada's Daily Globe and Mail.

  • Parents of preteens might want to check out, a site full of advice including a "Tween Lingo" dictionary.

PTA Notes

100 Ways to Help Your Child and School Succeed

There are many ways that you can help your child succeed! A few small activities each week will pay huge dividends over the course of the year. Here are a few that you can do this week:

  • Talk with your child's teacher about creating home learning games and activities. - Hable con el docente de su hijo acerca de la elaboración de juegos y actividades didácticas.

  • Assist with homework, but avoid doing it for your child. - Ayude a su hijo con las tareas,pero procure no hacerlas por él.

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