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FRONTLINE: Growing Up Online

Airs Friday, June 11, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Clay Sacco, one of the millions of American kids growing up online.

A group of teens from Morristown, N.J. get together for a gaming party.
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Above: A group of teens from Morristown, N.J. get together for a gaming party.

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.

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Preview: Frontline: Growing Up Online

Above: "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. From cyber bullying to instant "Internet fame," to the specter of online sexual predators, FRONTLINE producer Rachel Dretzin investigates the risks, realities and misconceptions of teenage self-expression on the World Wide Web.

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