FRONTLINE: Growing Up Online
Airs Friday, June 11, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, June 10, 2010
MySpace. YouTube. Facebook. Friendster. Nearly every teen in America is on the Internet every day, socializing with friends and strangers alike, "trying on" identities and building a virtual profile of themselves — one that many kids insist is a more honest depiction of who they really are than the person they portray at home or in school.
"Growing Up Online" peers inside the world of this cyber-savvy generation through the eyes of teens and their parents, who often find themselves on opposite sides of a new digital divide. A generation with a radically different notion of privacy and personal space, today's adolescents are grappling with issues their parents never had to deal with: from cyber bullying to instant "Internet fame" to the specter of online sexual predators. Producer Rachel Dretzin investigates the risks, realities and misconceptions of teenage self-expression on the World Wide Web. Watch a preview below and view the full program on the FRONTLINE website.