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Digital Family Summit Provides Interactive Learning for Tweens, Teens, and Parents

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Tweens and teens naturally gravitate towards the digital space and are often far more comfortable with the plethora of new tools than their parents.  If you’re interested in learning along with your tween and teen, the new Digital Family Summit being held in Philadelphia from June 29-July 1 is a new interactive conference designed for families with hands-on workshops and activities for everyone to learn together.

Conference organizer, Stephanie Schwab, created the conference after realizing that her kids, nieces, nephews and friends’ kids were getting more and more engaged in creating blogs, digital video, Etsy storefronts, pinboards on Polyvore and Pinterest, and tweeting and Facebooking up a storm. As a social media strategist and digital entrepreneur she says “digital natives seem to live and breathe on the Internet – some of us parents can keep up; others have tried, but thrown up our hands and cried “uncle.”

Schwab sees Digital Family Summit as a place where tweens, teens, and parents at all levels of digital activity can come together to learn and grow as individuals and as a family. She views digital creation and engagement a healthy, fun, expressive activity that encourages kids to share: with their parents as well as with their friends.

Digital Family Summit is planning to convey content in innovative ways that will engage tweens and teens and meet the various skill levels of attendees. Topics such as digital safety, kids’ privacy, and online bullying will be covered in thought provoking ways that will encourage families to have conversations both during the conference and after it ends.  Schwab hopes the conference will allow both parents and kids to explore new means of expression and gain confidence in their online personas.

For more information about Digital Family Summit, visit their website.  Interested attendees can receive 30% off registration with the code FRIENDS.

Artwork courtesy of Digital Family Summit

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Twitter Tips for Beginners

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

These days # and @ are popping up everywhere as Twitter becomes more common.  What used to be known as the number sign is now called a hashtag and to follow someone you need to know their Twitter handle, the words after the @ sign.  If Twitter is new to you and it makes you feel a little overwhelmed, don’t be!  Here is a quick and easy guide to Twitter basics.

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a tool that allows converse or curate information through brief 140 character snippets of text.

How do I use it?

Twitter can be used to engage with your followers by sharing content.  Written content, links to photos, videos, and interesting content around the web are all things that you can share from your account.

Do I need an account?

Yes and no.  To converse with others, yes, you will need your own account and Twitter handle signified by @.  If you just want to be able to search for certain topics or newsworthy events, you can do so using # through the Twitter website.

Twitter etiquette

Like many sites, there is a proper etiquette for using Twitter to be respectful of fellow users.

  • Follow those who are following you;
  • Retweeting (RT) someone else’s tweets is a way to show that you like what they are saying but precede the RT by sharing why;
  • Use the direct message (or DM) feature if you start having a private conversation with someone you’re tweeting with. Also use DMs when sharing email addresses, cell numbers, etc. to respect the privacy of the person you are tweeting with;
  • Tag your tweets with a hashtag (#) if they are about a specific topic that is of general interest.  Using a hashtag will help your Tweets come up in searches.  For example, tweets about the election can be tagged #election;
  • Do not protect your tweets. Twitter works best when your account is open to follow;
  • Block and unfollow spam Tweeters.  They are easy to spot because their Twitter stream consists only of links;
  • To help avoid spam Tweets, spell out the names of products like XBox (exBox) and iPad (eyePad);
  • Use the same etiquette you would otherwise. If you are unsure if something is appropriate for Twitter, err on the side of caution. If you wouldn’t share it in real life, don’t share it on Twitter.

 Are you on Twitter?  What additional tips can you provide for those who are just beginning to use it? 

I’m @TechSavvyMama on Twitter and I encourage new and experienced users alike to Tweet with me!  If you’d like me to follow you, I’m happy to do so!  Just leave your Twitter handle below!

 

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