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InRealLife asks: what exactly is the internet and what is it doing to our children? Taking us on a journey from the bedrooms of British teenagers to the world of Silicon Valley, filmmaker Beeban Kidron suggests that rather than the promise of free and open connectivity, young people are increasingly ensnared in a commercial world. Beguiling and glittering on the outside, it can be alienating and addictive.
Some teens are already addicted to porn, negatively influencing the ways they approach relationships. Some will form relationships with people online that they will never meet, and many others will be influenced in a multiplicity of other ways. And while young people surf online, big technology companies and advertisers are learning exactly how to target them. Quietly building its case, InRealLife asks if we can afford to stand by while our children, trapped in their 24/7 connectivity, are being outsourced to the net?
“InRealLife” tackles issues that are only going to become more relevant, as digital culture continues to change and grow. This documentary is a compelling addition to the debate.
In 2015, it was included in a British Film Institute list of great modern British documentaries made by women. You can check out the article here.
So, check this fantastic film out and let us know what you think in the comments – are our kids too connected?