This week, I’ll be joining my friend and colleague, Veronica Arreola, in a discussion at the 2015 BlogHer conference in New York, #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us. Veronica’s built her career around studying diversity in STEM. I’ve built mine around the intersections between digital media and society, having grown up online before most people knew what the Internet was. I’m also looking forward to meeting Kelly Wallace of CNN who will be moderating. We’re all parents and we’ll be discussing the topic of “Next Generation: Raising Great Digital Citizens: Media Literacy and Online Boundaries” on Friday July 17 at 2:00pm at the Hilton New York.
Raising kids that are smart, aware and well-adjusted in the digital age can be a big challenge. Although I’ve been engaging in online communities since I was a tween in the 80’s, the mobile-centric world my tween now faces comes with an entirely new set of challenges. When I sat down to write the chapter on kids online for my book, The Digital Mystique, I knew it would be the most difficult one to write and research. It’s also the longest chapter in the book.
Many of today’s parents are terrified about what could happen to their kids as a result of what they might see or do on computers or mobile devices. So I wrote about a lot of the tricky topics like supervising kids online, creating family digital policies, social media limits, cyberbullying, and ergonomics. We’ll discuss these topics, how to talk to kids about the risks and benefits of digital communities and more at our session. If you’re going to BlogHer this year, I hope you’ll join us.