FRONTLINE: Growing Up Online
Airs Friday, June 11, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Credit: Sarah Rice for FRONTLINE
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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