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digital family summit: conference for tweens, teens, and parents (with full pass giveaway!)

May 21, 2012 // 16 comments // Categories: computer time, digital literacy // Tags: , , , , , .

digital family summit: conferenceI am totally over the moon about a family-friendly, tech-happy conference coming to the Keystone State.

It’s an event that is the first of its kind–new, exciting, and cutting edge.  When I heard about it, I literally danced.

It’s the first-ever conference for tweens, teens, and parent bloggers, vloggers, writers, and online content creators, and I am thrilled to have been asked to be a media partner and speaker. And am I happy about the fact that it’s in Philadelphia, PA, only minutes away from where I grew up? Oh, yeah!

But I am even more excited that I have been asked to do a giveaway for family conference passes to the summit–an amazing prize that includes full conference passes for five family members, admission to all sessions and the welcome reception, six meals during the conference, and more.

The Summit is June 29th through July 1, right after school lets out so families have the whole summer to practice what they’ve learned.

So totally exciting, I know.

Here’s the skinny. . .

  • Digital Family Summit– Conference for tweens, teens, and parents: Though Maddy, Owen, and Cora are not ‘out there’ on the web, they are, I believe, tech-savvy kids.

Though they do not write their own blogs, upload vlogs to YouTube, or Skype on a daily basis, they are aware of the fact that I am a blogger and writer and that’s ‘just mom’s job’.  For a long time, when I’d take the kids to blogger events, they thought that all the women present were ‘teachmamas’, that everyone had a blog called ‘teach mama’ and that everyone wrote a blog about fun learning with their kids.


digital family summit: conference

What does Owen need? Food. . . What does he want? A computer.

It wasn’t until a few months ago that I took the kiddos on a ‘blog tour’ of sorts, showing them the blogs of all of my pals that they knew (and the kids they play with at local events): Jessica,Leticia, Stacey, Elena, Kim, Sandie, Robin, Jean, Stephanie, Amanda, J.J., Kristen, Susan, and more, as well as many of other of the bloggers I chat with on a regular basis: Allie, Valerie, MaryLea, Stacy, and Zina, that they realized the scope and range of blogs and bloggers out there.

Then when we launched the channel, they became even more interested in the social media space because, as they explained, their ‘mom was on tv’.  (They didn’t realize that it was their mom who recorded it, their mom who uploaded it, and their mom who promoted it, but that’s fine, right?)

digital family summit: conference

What Owen wants to be when he grows up. . . a blogger.  Awwwwh.

Even though my children are on the younger end of the audience for whom the Digital Family Summit is directed, I am totally excited to take them to this event because I love that kids will learn and connect, be inspired, and get engaged in blogging, entrepreneurship and social media. I want them to more fully understand the space and to know the wide world of options, ideas, and adventure that lie ahead. I want them to know that there are a boatload of cool careers out there and that they are no longer boxed into the standards: doctor, lawyer, or teacher.  So exciting.

The conference plans to have workshops on food blogging, travel blogging, video, photography, and gaming and animation that impart hands-on skills, and other sessions feature tween and teen bloggers and entrepreneurs as well as adults on topics including:

• The 21st Century Paper Route: How to Make Money From Your Blog or Videos
• Safety First: What Every Kid (and Parent) Needs to Know About Internet Security
• Social Media You Need for College
• Becoming an Overnight Sensation
• Secrets of Professional Blog Design
I will be speaking on the Parenting Digital Kids panel with Leticia Barr of Tech Savvy Mama, Sandie Angulo Chen of Urban Mama, and Grace Duffy of Formerly Gracie, which will be an hour-long session packed with information on safety, managing screen time, education and technology, digital etiquette, and more.  I do hope to see you!
The list of speakers has just been announced, and it includes amazing tweens/teens Adora Svitak and Tori Molnar; professors and professionals Ricarose RoqueSree Sreenivasan and Abby West; and parent bloggers you may know including Sheila Dowd and Michele McGraw.
They’ve got a ton of sponsors lined up, including Microsoft, Scholastic and Ubisoft – they’re cooking up amazing activities and engagements for youdigital family summit: conference and your kids.
Bring the whole family this June 29-July 1 in Philadelphia, PA, a fantastic family-friendly city, to grow together and have fun!  Conference registration includes all meals, parties and snacks for everyone in your family.
Use promo code WETEACH for 20% off your registration; early-bird pricing ends May 31, so register today!



GIVEAWAY: One Digital Family Summit Conference Family Pack Ticket (up to 5 people, value $879)

Includes all conference workshops, sessions and keynotes; 6 meals, 3 snacks, plus a welcome reception; Visits with our sponsors in our Expo Hall and in activity-filled Sponsor Suites

Do you want to win Digital Family Summit Conference Family Pack Ticket?!

  • digital family summit: conferenceAll you have to do is leave a comment here telling me WHY your family needs to go to the Digital Family Summit!

For extra entries, get creative!!:

  • Tweet this: 
  • Win a family pass to Digital Family Summit on @teachmama @DigiFam #weteach #giveaway
  • Tech-savvy tweens, teens, and parents: win family pass to @DigiFam on @teachmama #giveaway
  • hey #bloggers! Learn, share, grow at Digital Family Summit! Win family conf pass on @teachmama
  • Share this post on your Facebook page–very easy!
  • Share this post with a friend (just tell me who you shared it with!)
  • Pin this post on Pinterest! (Use ‘pin it!’ button below post!)
  • Create a short (less than ONE minute!) vlog and upload it to YouTube with a link to this post and a link to the YouTube Channel (teachmama1)–explaining why your family needs to attend the Digital Family Summit!

By entering this giveaway, you are demonstrating your understanding of and compliance with the Official Sweepstakes Rules.

This giveaway ends Thursday, May 31, 2012 at midnight ET. Winner will be chosen by ‘And the Winner is. . .’ and will be notified on or around 5/31/12.  Winner must respond within three (3) days of notification or forfeit the prize, in which case an alternate winner will be selected.  All Official Sweepstakes Rules apply.

fyi: This is an unsponsored post, which I wrote as a media partner and conference speaker.  I received conference passes for myself and my family because of the nature of my relationship with Digital Family Summit, but all other opinions are my own, influenced only by my three kiddos.

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  1. So great! We are away that week but I sure would be there if we weren’t!!

  2. My family needs to go so they understand WHY I blog and why I spend so much time on social media.

  3. Pinned on my “Blog Stuff” board!

  4. Looking forward to it! We’re going and bringing our 9 year old daughter. She’s looking forward to meeting families like ours who live out so much of our lives and selves online. See you there!

  5. This looks so interesting! With 3 girls who are constantly on-line and looking to create blogs, this would be right up their allet!

    Elizabeth Benducci
  6. This would be a great way for me to attend my first conference – which I’ve avoided up to now because:
    a. I don’t want to leave the family at home
    b. I don’t have money to spend on conference tickets
    c. It’s hard for me to get out of my comfort zone and try new things : )
    Even better, it’s close to home so we could make a road trip out of it!!
    Would love to have my hubby attend with me since he’s my official tech support guy.

    Fingers (and toes) crossed!

  7. I posted on my Facebook page but forgot to use the “Share” button- gah!! See why I need that that “Technology” class?!

    : )

  8. This would be amazing! A great way to get my teen and tween and hubby more involved in this amazing network of friends- thanks for the opportunity!

  9. Tweeted and pinned and facebooked and yelled really loud in my yard. Shared with my family and they loved the idea, but did ask me not to yell about it to the neighbors :D

  10. We would love to attend as my 9 year-old-son is expressing interest in blogging and doing product reviews and I would absolutely love the opportunity to bring him to the conference to learn more about social media and to see all of the other kids out there that share his interest. What an awesome opportunity! Thanks for the chance!

  11. Sent this to my friend Ashley via email!

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