Parents' Guide to

Growing Up Online

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Engrossing documentary looks at teens' online behavior.

Movie NR 2008 60 minutes
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age 11+

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The very best of #FrontlinePBS, a production of 'GBH in Boston.

Great programme made in Boston for PBS. Will Lyman is the eternal voice of FRONTLINE. Great episode. Available on Your purchase support your local PBS station.

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This informative documentary, a must-see for both parents and kids, gets input from all of the issue's relevant players, adding experts into the mix to provide context. It addresses the greatest hits of Internet worries -- oversharing on social networking sites, Web sites that provide destructive information that troubled kids seek, predators -- and offers a helpful overview of what parents and kids both need to be aware of when going online.

While the material here is must-see for parents, the filmmakers take a fairly broad approach to their topic, highlighting many worst-case scenarios that may be disheartening. The experts make a point of saying as much, but their voices are secondary to parental worries. Not that there's nothing to fret over: Make no mistake, the Internet can be a minefield, especially when teens aren't given clear guidelines and straightforward information. But sometimes, there's less to fear than you might think. (For more on this important topic, be sure to check out Dretzin's follow-up film, Digital Nation.)

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