If your 'tween' is anything like mine, he or she will no doubt follow the adventures of the newest screen celebrities; YouTube stars.
YouTube has made it possible for everyday folk to create their own channel with the potential to reach millions. From gaming videos to comedy, beauty to magic trickery, YouTube stars for kids are what TV celebrities used to be for us back in the day.
Indeed YouTube celebrities are inspiring our next generation so much that if you ask a bunch of kids what they want to be when they 'grow up', most will rank being a 'YouTube Star' as high up on their wish list.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has embraced the ever popular digital media platform by offering YouTube Starz workshops in the school holidays.
YouTube Starz Workshop
Aimed at young folk between 9 and 14yrs, this all-day class takes place in one of the ACMI's private studios complete with all the tech equipment needed to produce a digital video.
As I left my eager son this morning at today's YouTube Starz workshop, he'd already buddied up with a fellow "YouTube Star" student for the day and said goodbye to me with an excited wave.
In the many hours that followed, which saw me exploring ACMI, Fed Square and beyond, my son and the rest of the "YouTube Starz" crew were engaged in an exciting class where they'd learn how to:
Write a script
Film themselves using green screen equipment
Edit their reviews
Add music and text
Finalise their videos for screening
Filming with green screen equipment
At 3:30pm the lights were dimmed and all parents and carers were invited in for a screening of each of the duo/trio's videos. The best part! I loved not only seeing what my son had put together (a video game review) but also what the other kids had produced in the relatively short space of time.
Each participant got to take away their 'YouTube' video on a USB stick to show friends and family members at home.
I asked my son which part of the YouTube Starz Workshop he liked the best, to which he said, with a big smile on his face "all of it", although he did say he found adding the music the trickiest. I have no doubt he just needs a bit of practice.
If your child thrives on on gaming, YouTube, animation and movie culture, why not consider joining one of ACMI's hands-on workshops over the school holidays.
As well as YouTube Starz workshops, there are coding classes, LEGO robotics, Family Minecraft sessions, game critic workshops and lots more.
There are two YouTube Starz workshops running over the school holidays, so if this class interests your tween, book a place now!
We will certainly be back for another workshop in the next school holidays!