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Monday, March 11 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Digital Drama: Growing Up in the Age of Facebook

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The rise of social media and mobile technology has forever altered the social landscape teenagers navigate. It hasn’t necessarily made kids meaner, or bullying more prevalent, but it has changed how they learn skills like empathy, introduced new ideas about privacy, and pushed them to cultivate online personas that are sometimes brasher than their real-world selves. Social media also give teenagers the chance to connect to people they might not otherwise meet—an especial boon for some gay kids and other minorities. Research shows that as teenagers figure out how to deal with online drama, they’re often reluctant to turn to parents and teachers, who may not necessarily know how to help them. Studies also show that girls and boys spend time differently online, with distinct benefits and risks. This panel will explore how the Facebook generation differs from the ones that come before it, and how parents, educators, and policy makers can help, rather than hinder, their development.
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Emily Bazelon

Sr EditorSlate.comEmily Bazelon is the author of Sticks and Stones, a book about bullying to be published in February by Random House. She is also a senior editor at Slate, a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and... Read More →
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Danah Boyd

Principal ResearcherMicrosoft ResearchDr. danah boyd is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a Research Fellow of the Born... Read More →
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Bill Keller

Exec EditorThe New York TimesBill Keller is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and writes for The New York Times Magazine. His column appears on alternate Mondays.
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Jason Rzepka

SVP, Public AffairsMTV

Monday March 11, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Sheraton Austin, Capitol EFGH

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