Digital Drama: Growing Up in the Age of Facebook - SXSW Interactive 2013 by SXSW published on 2013-03-15T23:14:22Z 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.