What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary chronicles the friendships that develop between an 8-year-old painter and her Michigan family and the New York City photographer they befriend online. The movie delves into many of the issues intrinsic in Web communities like Facebook: the personas that people present (and how accurate -- or not -- they are), how relationships develop quickly, and how those friendships don't always have the same safety nets that real-life associations do. All of these issues are exceptionally relevant for today's parents and teens, so we recommend watching it together. Anticipate a little swearing, a few steamy text messages (read aloud), and some twists that may prove too heavy for tweens and younger.
- Families can talk about online personas. Do they completely capture a person’s character? How can you tell what's true about who a person says they area online?
- Are relationships forged online as authentic and full-textured as those formed in real life?
- What about the idea of online privacy? How much do you share? How much do you keep private? Parents, talk to your kids about staying safe online.