Over the weekend, parents, tweens, and teens convened in Baltimore for the second Digital Family Summit, an interactive, hands-on conference geared towards digital media creators ranging in age from 9-13. Teens and tweens learned through workshops designed just for them that focused on vlogging, writing, video game creation using Gamestar Mechanic, setting up a blog on WordPress, and digital photography. Kids also served as panelists, sharing their expertise with their same-age peers about topics like sports blogging and how blogging has opened up new experiences.
“Saturday was an amazing day for my family,” said attendee and speaker, Jill Berry of Musings from Me. “It’s rare that the kids get to go to “my office” since I work from home, but what better way for my kids to learn more about what I do than to attend the Digital Family Summit this weekend!”
Dubbed “South by Southwest for kids” by an adult in attendance, Digital Family allowed parents to learn alongside their kids. They could attend the same workshops, although the priority was given to the tween and teen attendees, or participate in parent-centric panels to discuss topics like digital wellness, pros and cons of internet fame, and balance and safety issues involved in parenting digital kids.
As a parent of a tween, I appreciated the experience of being able to attend with my daughter for a second year in a row. Digital Family allows her to participate in my world in a kid-friendly way that allows her to develop her own voice and think about important issues that are relevant to the online and social media space. Panels and hands-on workshops provided her with knowledge from peers who are already in the online space that she can use as she develops her online presence through her brand new shiny blog.
What else did parent attendees appreciate about this year’s conference as they raise kids in today’s digital age? Click through for photos recapping the weekend at Digital Family Summit.
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