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The second annual Digital Family Summit will be held in October 11-13, 2013 at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel in the heart of Baltimore’s celebrated Inner Harbor and Culture Mom Media is proud to be a media sponsor.
If you are a member of our network or an active spectator of what we do, we are thrilled to offer you a 25% discount code to attend the conference. The code is CULTUREMOM — use it at registration here.
“The Summit is designed for both parents and kids who are creating exciting content on blogs, in digital video, through photos or by designing video games,” says Stephanie Schwab, Chief Executive Officer of Crackerjack Marketing, and a Digital Family Summit founder. “Kids and their families can come together to learn new digital skills and gain confidence in expressing themselves online.”With 76% of teens using social media networks, 14% of teens writing blogs, and nearly 95% of all teens on the internet, parents have a new world of digital content to consider with their kids. The conference is designed to bridge the gap for content-creating teens and tweens and their parents who may or may not be digitally savvy.
The Digital Family Summit features three types of learning content: Workshops, Talks and Keynotes.
Teen and tween attendees learn the ins and outs of digital media creation, including video, photography, game design, and blogging.
For teens and tweens, fast-paced, kid-friendly, experiences will help budding content creators get up and running in the medium of their choice by the end of the conference. Workshops include:
• Blogging • Digital photography • Video production • Video game development
Talks provide opportunities for parents and tweens to learn about online safety, including cyber-bullying, identity theft, and intellectual property rights, and examine the privacy issues inherent in digital sharing. Speakers and panelists include teens and adults with expertise in digital security, personal branding, entrepreneurship, emerging platforms and more.
Keynotes will cover topics ranging from good digital citizenship to using social media to get into college.
ACTIVITIES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
This year’s conference will also feature sponsor parties, one of the most popular aspects of last year’s Digital Family Summit. In 2012, party sponsor Gillette Venus threw a Pink Carpet Party and Ubisoft created a Just Dance party, both attended by all conference attendees. These, and many other activities will be designed for the whole family: from meals to snack breaks to an exhibitor treasure hunt, which will send everyone searching throughout the hotel for clues leading to sponsor prizes.
“We hope that the entire family will come to the conference, even if not everyone is digitally focused,” says Schwab. “Baltimore is a fun, family-friendly city, so come and enjoy all that the city, and the conference, has to offer.”
BRANDS AND BLOGGERS ARE GETTING INVOLVED
Last year’s Microsoft sponsored Teen Entrepreneur Lounge was a great place to take a break, play some games, and learn about entrepreneurship and digital safety.
Last year the conference drew 275 attendees of all ages. Cecily Kellogg, a well-known mom blogger and writer forDisney’s Babble.com website said in a review after the conference: “The Digital Family Summit is poised to really bring something new to the intersection of parent bloggers, digital kids, and the children of bloggers. I cannot wait to return to the conference and meet more of these amazing young people!”
Ticket sales are now open, with early bird pricing of $99 per person available through July 12, 2013.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To get more information about the conference, visit http://www.digitalfamilysummit.com. Also follow Digital Family on Twitter at@digifam and become a Fan on Facebook.
Culture Mom Media will see you there!