Social Media & Young Children: Our Kids' Futures

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

  • Svetlana Gous
  • Patty Chang
  • Hayes Raffle

Tuesday 13th March, 2012

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

With the onset of Google+ Hangouts, Skype on Facebook, and the plethora of other video-chat driven communities, how and where do the kids fit in? Or should they be left out of the equation all together? Our panelists will share their fascinating theories, their kid-tested results and the sometimes surprising conclusions for what our kids' online futures could look like. After this discussion, you'll better understand and appreciate what makes and breaks engaging, social media platforms for kids.

About the speakers

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Svetlana Gous


For many years I held positions of a teacher and administrator in a laboratory nursery school located on the West Coast. The school maintained strong multi-cultural make-up due to our continuous outreach to the surrounding communities in order to include minority children. That experience led me to the Early Head Start program based in New York City, focusing on urban children's social and emotional resilience, the influence of parents on children's development, and the experience of being a parent.
In addition to being a resource for elementary school teachers and parents, I run a recess program with a goal of increasing students’ well-being and self-esteem through the arts and old-fashioned multicultural childhood games, positively responding to each child's interests and impacting each child’s academic success. I am on the advisory boards for a number of private preschools and companies as well as Khoza Educational Assistance Project based in South Africa. am a mother of three children.

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Patty Chang

Co-founder, Scoot & Doodle Inc

Patty Chang is a co-founder of Scoot & Doodle, an interactive play space with real-time activities and video chat for families with young kids and their friends to have fun and memorable adventures together. Before launching scootdoodle.com with her partners, Patty produced stories for Dateline-NBC. Not one to be pigeon holed, her stories also premiered on The Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, PBS, Nightly News, The Today Show, MSNBC and Rescue 911. Patty jumpstarted her tv career in Eugene, Oregon as a reporter and anchor for KEZI's morning news show. Patty's communication, creative problem solving and customer validation skills are tested and sharpened daily by her lively, wonderful young son.

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Ian Small

CEO, TokBox Inc

Ian is Chief Executive Officer at TokBox. Before joining TokBox, Ian spent six years with MarkLogic as General Manager for MarkMail and Senior Vice President for Products and Engineering. Previously, Ian was the Chief Strategist and Knowledge Officer at marchFirst and USWeb/CKS, and Chief Technology Officer at CKS Group. Ian started his Silicon Valley career at Apple, where he was a member of the Human Interface Group and was responsible for the engineering management and product release of QuickTime VR.

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Christine Egy Rose

Founder, Scoot & Doodle Inc

Christine Egy Rose is CEO and co-founder of Scoot & Doodle, an interactive play space with real-time activities and video chat for families, young kids and their friends to create fun and memorable adventures together. Before launching scootdoodle.com, Christine was a lead producer for NBC's “Meet The Press,” and “Nightly News.” She left the network to raise her kids and start a media consultancy group, where she worked with executive level teams at Cisco, Sun Microsystems, and Sawyer Media, a Sequoia-backed startup. Christine, her husband, Shawn, and their two young children call the Bay Area home. A passionate student of what makes kids tick and what families need to build meaningful communities and relationships, Christine serves on the boards of CuriOdyssey, a hands-on childrens' science museum and PreSchool Family, a parent/child education program.

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Hayes Raffle

Interaction Researcher, Google Inc

Hayes Raffle is an interaction researcher with the Special Projects team at Google. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, and a B.A. in fine art from Yale. Hayes specializes in creating interactive toys, systems and devices that engage people's senses to improve communication, education, and creative expression. Hayes has conducted research in Family Communication at Nokia Research, developing new technologies for young children to connect with long-distance loved ones. Toys include the award-winning Topobo and ZOOB® building systems, Jabberstamp sound drawing tool and many other interfaces and inventions. He has run his own art and design studio in California, and is the winner of several internationally recognized design awards. Hayes is currently bringing Topobo toys to market as Principal of Topobo, LLC. He frequently shows his art and research in Europe, Asia and the United States. See more at http://hayesraffle.com

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Tue 13th March 2012


Capital Ballroom, Omni Downtown

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