Childhood 2.0 isn’t a typical tech documentary warning you of all the dangers that lurk behind social media these days (shots fired at Netflix :P). It’s more of a deep dive into the online world for those parents out there who have kids that are immersed in a virtual space that they themselves weren’t necessarily exposed to as a child. It is a world that many kids these days are traversing with ease but with the mental health of our children at an all-time low what is the true cost?
Here we take a long hard look at the lives of childhood today versus the childhood of yesteryear, taking us into the minds of teenagers who seem to spend every waking minute online. Especially now with Covid-19 forcing us to stay at home and to communicate online the release of Childhood 2.0 seems more fitting than ever.
We all know social media can be a relentless assault on a child but it can also be a way to receive a subtle shun. Parents may not notice when their child’s name hasn’t been tagged in a group photo that features them, but your child will for sure notice. Or how about the pictures of birthday parties or last-minute social gatherings that they were not invited to but show up in their feed. It is even harder to hear what drives the “likes” on their photos and the nonchalant way the teens in this film acknowledge that “showing skin” gets more likes.
Childhood 2.0 is required viewing for anyone who wants to better understand the world their children are navigating as they grow up in the digital age. It’s a film that features actual parents and kids as well as industry-leading experts in child safety and development, this documentary dives into the real-life issues facing kids today — including cyberbullying, online predators, suicidal ideation, and more.
Directed by: Jamin Winans , Robert Muratore , Kiowa K. Winans