New Facebook Live movement connects parents and children

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Make Your Own #TalkToMe Video On Facebook Live

The Huffington Post is launching a new campaign aimed at sparking conversations between parents and their children called Talk To Me.

Anyone can join the movement themselves by simply sharing their own moment with their family member, live on Facebook.

Facebook Live is a new tool launched by the social media network that allows anyone to broadcast live from wherever they are. Here's a video of Vin Diesel going live with his kids:

Posted by Vin Diesel on Thursday, September 3, 2015

It's easy to get the conversation going! Just follow the steps below to see how you can make your own live stream.

If you'd rather not broadcast live, no problem! Feel free to record it like any normal video and upload to Facebook.

Make sure you use the hashtag #TalkToMe and tag your friends in the description. If you want the video to be featured on HuffPost, make sure to make the video Public.

Here are the 5 easy steps for creating a #TalkToMe video:
1) Prepare your questions!

Below are some some suggested questions (more great ideas are here) but of course you're welcome to use your own.

  • Tell me something you've never told me.
  • What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were my age?
  • Tell me the story of the happiest moment you've ever had.
  • What is the hardest challenge you've faced in your life?
  • What's the biggest lesson you'd like to pass onto future generations?
  • What are some of the little things you did for yourself or our family that made the biggest impact?
  • If you could have one wish for me and my children, what would it be?
  • If you had to choose one role model for me, who would it be and why?

2) Get a great shot

Key pointers for shooting video with your phone:

Set your phone on something stable and at eye line with both participants. This is better than having either a third person filming.

Sit at a 45-degree angle facing each other (not straight at each other or straight ahead). Look at each other, not the camera! Light in front of you makes the shot better, light behind you makes it worse.

3) Tell your friends what you're up to

A great description will capture your friends' attention and help them understand what your broadcast is about.

Try: "Here I am with [my parent/child], taking part in The Huffington Post's ‪Talk To Me series highlighting important conversations between generations. Make your own on Facebook Live! #TalkToMe"

4) Go live with a strong connection

Check your phone to make sure that you have a strong signal before going live. Try to find a location where you're on wifi or have at least a 4G connection.

You can also download the Speedtest app from the app store. Higher than 1 Mbps upload speed is good speed for broadcasting (the higher, the better).

5) Use the hashtag #TalkToMe, and tag some friends!

Once you've finished your interview, tell your family and friends to do the same. And remember to make the video public if you'd like it to be featured on HuffPost!

For more see the TalkToMe article on HuffingtonPost

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