Digital Nation: PBS Website on our Digital Lives

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If you haven’t seen the PBS Digital Nation website yet, you must check it out. This interactive website will actually become a one-hour FRONTLINE documentary that will be aired on PBS next winter. The Digital Nation project’s aim is to explore all facets of digital life and how it is changing the way we think, learn, work and interact.

One of my favorite parts of Digital Nation is the Blog/News area. It is very easy to click on “topics” on the right and read only about your areas of interest. For parents of teens and teens themselves, there are topics for “Digital Natives”, Education, Internet Addiction, Parenting, Privacy, “Social Networking”, “The Media” and “Virtual Worlds”.

The Extras part of Digital Nation has some fascinating features. It contains:

  • An Interactive feature on digital natives
  • Interviews with experts
  • A special collaboration with the Columbia School of Journalism in which students contribute short video reports
  • EverQuest fans at the 2008 Fan Faire Convention
  • StarCraft Training
  • Internet Addiction and Internet Addiction Counseling

There is also an area of Digital Nation called “Your Stories” in which anybody can make a video about their digital life and upload it for all to watch. There are many interesting stories already on Digital Nation of how new technology impacts people’s daily lives. Submission guidelines are on the page.

I think that the Digital Nation website could create great discussions for you and your teens. Whether you watch it together or separate, there are so many relevant topics to discuss. You could even help each other create your own “Your Stories” videos to submit to Digital Nation.

See also: Quotes on Millennials and the Future of Privacy

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