Frontline’s Growing Up Online documentary airs tonight

Tonight, PBS’ Frontline examines the effects of growing up online in its documentary Growing Up Online, which debuts at 9 p.m. ET.

PBS says that the documentary looks “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.”

Its other producer, John Maggio, told The New York Times, “We came out of it feeling, you find what you’re looking for online. If you’re basically a grounded kid, you’re going to be fine. We need to teach people good citizenship, a sense of morality, right and wrong, that transfer to the Internet.”

And Dretzin says that living online is “one of those societal shifts that’s happening so quickly there’s not a lot of good data on what this means for our kids’ brains or hearts.”

Frontline: Growing Up Online [PBS]
The Rough-and-Tumble Online Universe Traversed by Young Cybernauts [New York Times]

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