Learning social media with an 11 year old

I've been learning a bit about social media and marketing from my 11 y.o. son.

He just posted this animation this morning, but it all ready has over 1,800 2000 views! [It's gotten another 200+ since I started writing this blog post!]

He creates these animations from his Nintendo DSi. This Flipnote community is interesting. People rate them. Better animators give him tips. He experiments with new animation styles and gets more feedback.

Like any social network, it's got it's own norms and customs. He's both learning them and contributing to the community, giving favorites and feedback. And he's doing well.

It excites me that he's learning life skills. Skills that will serve him well after college. Skills that will even serve him after 6th grade! :)

And it makes me proud to see the great art he's making.

I wasn't doing stuff like this at his age! The times, they are a changin' -- and I'm thrilled to see it.

About Marc Pitman

Marc A. Pitman is the author of Ask Without Fear!, director of The Nonprofit Academy, and founder of FundraisingCoach.com. A coach to leaders around the world, Marc's expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences and has caught the attention of media organizations as diverse as Al Jazeera and Fox News. Marc’s experience also includes pastoring a Vineyard church, managing a gubernatorial campaign, and teaching internet marketing and fundraising at colleges and universities. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family!

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Comments

  1. My 12 year old has similar interests…he’s been visiting forums and learning about sketching, drawing, animation and all sorts of stuff that blows my mind. So fun to see them have access to all of this. Just recently I found a local store that carries the markers the professionals use and it was my turn to blow him away :-)

  2. Marc, what’s his hourly rate?

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