Stop Child Predators Encourages Parents to Watch Digital Nation

PBS documentary studies effects on adults, kids who juggle multiple electronic devices

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, February 2, PBS will air FRONTLINE'S Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, a documentary on what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world where digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of the way people learn and work to how they socialize and even conduct war.

Producer Rachel Dretzin embarks on a journey to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that constant connectivity may have on future generations.

The Digital Nation website launched more than 10 months ago as part of FRONTLINE’s first multiplatform project, featuring a blog, videos and other user-generated content. Self-guided online workshops for teachers and parents can be found at http://www.pbs.org/frontline/digitalnation/resources, and the classroom activities for students have been posted on the PBS Teacher’s Domain website at http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/dgn09.la.rv.visual.elements.salifeonline/.

Below is a rundown on the parent/teacher workshops. A link to the workshops will appear prominently on the Digital Nation main page when the broadcast site goes live on February 2.

Digital Workshops: Online Resources for Parents and Teachers
This series of interactive resources will help parents and teachers to deepen their knowledge of how digital technology is transforming our society and to gain insights into understanding, analyzing and participating in our technology-infused world. The Digital Workshops include activities for adults to learn how to manage their family’s media usage, to become a better caregiver to the “digital natives” in their lives, to assess the impact of technology in education, and to explore the effects of multitasking on our brains and much more.

Digital Parenting: Protecting and Empowering Kids
Parenting the digital generation can be tough. Explore resources for parents on how to balance concerns about safety with a teen’s healthy need for independence. Learn more: http://www.pbs.org/frontline/digitalnation/resources/parents/

21st Century Schools: Learning in the Digital Age
Teachers are tapping into technology and digital media for learning. Discuss the hype and the hopes for improving education through technology. Learn more: http://www.pbs.org/frontline/digitalnation/resources/teachers/

The Digital You: Attention, Multitasking and Addiction
It’s becoming harder to imagine our lives without digital technology. But do we use it too much? Learn how to keep a balanced relationship with the technology in your life. Learn more: http://www.pbs.org/frontline/digitalnation/resources/multitasking/

Learning in Virtual Worlds
Video games and virtual realities have allowed us access to entirely new virtual worlds. Explore the remarkable power of alternate realities to do much more than just entertain. Learn more: http://www.pbs.org/frontline/digitalnation/resources/virtuallearning

Digital Nation will air Tuesday, February 2, from 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm EST.

About Stop Child Predators
Stop Child Predators is a national non-profit organization that brings together a team of policy experts, law enforcement officers, community leaders, and parents to persuade state and federal lawmakers to enact policies to combat the sexual exploitation of children, and promote and protect the rights of victims.