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Speak Up for Kids Tweet Chat

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Time: 07:00 PM — 08:00 PM

Twitter #CMIchat

  • Public Event

On Tuesday, May 8, at 7PM ET, the Child Mind Institute (@ChildMindDotOrg) will be hosting a tweet chat in honor of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week featuring Dr. Ron Steingard. We'll talk about Raising Healthy Children in a Digital World. Parenting Editor Caroline Knorr (@CarolineKnorr) of Common Sense Media (@CommonSenseNews) will be joining us as our expert. The Child Mind Institute will pose questions to guide the conversation and we encourage others to do so as well.

We'll talk about:

  • The difficulties of parenting in the digital age
  • Setting rules and regulations about media consumption in and out of the house
  • Policies for schools and governments that are driving changes to the way kids consume media
  • Issues and concerns from parents about setting limits and reconciling them with peer pressure

How to participate:
You can join the chat directly by visiting or by tweeting your questions and comments using the hashtag #CMIchat. The Child Mind Institute is on twitter at @ChildMindDotOrg.

Never participated in a tweet chat? Here are some tips:

What is a tweet chat?
A tweet chat is an online discussion that takes place at a predetermined time on Twitter. Twitter users exchange views on a given subject, at the agreed time, using a 'hashtag'. A hashtag is the hash symbol followed by a word or group of letters, for instance, we use #CMIchat.

Why would I want to participate in a tweet chat?
The tweet chat acts as an open forum where conversation happens in real time. So, you can learn a lot about a specific topic in a very short period of time. You can also help others learn by sharing your views and resources.

What do I need to participate in a tweet chat?
You will need a free Twitter account. Go to and sign up for one.

Have you any tips for participating in a tweet chat?

Here are our two tips for participating:

  • Use the hashtag in all your comments relating to the discussion. So, for the Child Mind Institute's tweet chats use #CMIchat. This will enable others to follow your comments.
  • Take part by posting your own views and responding to others' tweets.

Tools to help you:
Third party applications are not essential but they help you track various aspects of Twitter, including tweet chats represented by a hashtag.

  • is a very useful tool that uses the hashtag to track the conversation. You can also participate in the chat directly on the site without having to remember the hashtag. Our chat room is
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