October is Cyber Security Awareness Month:
The opportunities kids have to socialize online come with benefits and risks. Adults can help reduce the risks by talking to kids about making safe and responsible decisions. Cyberbullying is harassment that happens online. It can happen in an email, a text message, a game, or on a social networking site.
Read how to help prevent cyber bullying and what to do about it if it is happening to your child.
Kids using a computer to share files, download apps or receive email? The security of your computer can affect the safety of your kids online experience. Talk to your kids about what they can do to help protect your computer and your family’s personal information.
Read about computer security, peer to peer file sharing, phishing and apps here.
The Internet is great for learning and entertainment, but it can pose dangers if precautions are not taken. Allowing free, unmonitored access puts your child, your computer and your personal data at risk.
Teach your child to be a good digital citizen with these resources.
It seems like everyday the news is reporting about company hacks or compromises to peoples personal information. Have you recently received a notice that says your personal information was exposed in a data breach? Or maybe an online account was hacked? Depending on what information was lost, there are steps you can take to help protect yourself from identity theft.
Find more information here on what you should do.
Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. There are four main ways to do it: know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely, ask questions before deciding to share your personal information, and maintaining appropriate security on your computers and other electronic devices.
Find more information on reducing your risk here.
Think someone is using your personal information? Watch this video to see how to report it and begin a recovery plan:
As invested members of the parent community, we see each and every day the impact our schools are faced with due to decades of education being underfunded in our state. Our children are in overcrowded classrooms, receiving lower individualized attention and many programs have been cut so that they are getting a basic education at best. Portland Council PTA is confident that Measure 97 is the chance to change that for our students.
M97 has been growing support at the grassroots level with 1,240 endorsements, including over 430 small businesses, over 70 economists and an amazing array of supporters helping us share our message of support for M97.
You might be hearing conflicting or incorrect information about the Measure. Here are some of the frequently asked questions:
I've heard this is a sales tax and I am not a fan of sales taxes.
Won't raising corporate taxes just force them to pass costs onto consumers?
I've heard that small businesses or Oregon grown businesses will be hurt.
What about the farming community- how are the farming co-ops affected?
This tax will be passed to all Oregon households, costing each home about $600/year.
How do we know that the money will really be spent on health care, schools and senior services?
I've heard that the tax money will go to the General Fund.
Thanks for explaining a lot of the misconceptions I've been hearing. How can I help in the final days of the campaign?
The US Director for Disaster Preparedness & Community Resilience, Susan Romanski, leads this initiative. She has responded to disasters around the globe for Mercy Corps and understands the impacts of this type of event. The initiative is also supported by Mercy Corps staff and volunteers who want to help schools in the NW. The initiative is coordinated with actors such as PPS, Multnomah County, PBEM and the American Red Cross.
If your school would like more information on how to prepare for the Cascadia event or would like to help parents and community members be more prepared, please contact
Susan Romanski for additional information.
Last year PTA's helped collect 35,000 books for 4,800 students in Portland Public Schools! There is still time to get involved! This year the Children’s Book Harvest will run from 10/3 through 11/10.
Read a letter from the Coordinator and find more information on getting involved.