Frontline: Growing Up Online
Take a look inside the lives of the most Internet-savvy generation ever with this PBS "Frontline" program that investigates teens and their cyber-existences. The kids and their parents discuss both the realities and the risks of this new frontier. As parents deal with their teens' drastically different ideas about privacy, the kids confront cyber-bullying, Internet predators, YouTube fame and many other issues new to their generation.
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this documentary (which originally aired on PBS as part of the Frontline series) will be informative for both them and their children, especially teens. By examining how teenagers are living out parts of their lives online and the challenges they face in doing so, filmmakers Rachel Dretzin and John Maggio offer a frank portrait of digital activity that includes suggestive images that teens have posted online and videos of violent brawls that have broken out among high-schoolers. Expect difficult subjects like online stalking, anorexia, and suicide to come up in discussion.
- Sexual Content
- No sexual acts are depicted, but plenty of suggestive photos posted by teens are displayed. Some show them in various states of undress and/or in bondage gear. Teens discuss taking suggestive photos of themselves and emailing them to others.
- YouTube videos of teens fighting each other are shown. Some scenes depict high schoolers playing violent video games. A teen commits suicide, and the circumstances surrounding it are discussed openly.
- Swear words are seen onscreen as teens type entries on various social networking sites.
- Social Behavior
- Overall, the documentary offers a positive takeaway: Though the Web offers plenty of possibilities both good and bad, parents can work with their teens to define appropriate boundaries for being online.
- Logos for various social networking sites are clearly visible, including Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube -- but it's all presented within the direct context of the documentary's subject.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Kids and parents discuss teens being inebriated at a concert. Some discussion about underage drinking in general.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it