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Released: September 2, 2011

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).



September 2, 2011
Neil Grace, (202) 418-0506



A conversation about the opportunities and challenges of digital technology use by teens; Forum will

feature parents and members of the education community including FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
and experts from MTV, Common Sense Media, Family Online Safety Institute, Joint Center for Political
and Economic Studies and the Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Washington, D.C. On Thursday, September 8th, the Federal Communications Commission will host Back to
School in a Digital World,
a forum bringing together parents, educators and experts to discuss the
opportunities and challenges around technology use by adolescents. Recent surveys show that nearly three
quarters of online teens use social network sites and, on average, teenagers send one text message every ten
minutes during waking hours.
The event will highlight questions from parents, educators and others from across the country.

The FCC has
set up a crowdsourcing site to help collect some of the most common questions from parents on this
important topic:

Anyone can participate by submitting a question or voting for
questions. In addition, the event will feature multimedia video presentations and interactive segments with
the live school audience. The forum will be webcast live on Parents will also be able to
send in questions during the forum at or tweet their questions to #fcclive.

The crowdsourcing site for the event reads:

"We want to hear from you. As parents, tell us your burning
questions the ones you talk most about with your friends, family, teachers and others surrounding issues
related to your child's online and digital experiences, at home, at school, on mobile phones, tablets and other
devices. We have assembled an impressive slate of experts who will answer your questions at a special event
on September 8th in Washington, D.C. "Back to School in a Digital World." You can watch online at - and we'll be posting answers and responses on our blog after the event, too. While this
event will focus mainly on teenagers, we'll also be announcing other events focused more closely on the
unique opportunities and challenges of other age groups. So feel free to give us your questions now, and one
way or another, we'll respond!"

The panel discussion will feature brief opening remarks by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.


Thursday, September 8, 2011
10:00AM 11:15AM Eastern


Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Main Auditorium
3101 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.



Julius Genachowski

, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Jason Rzepka

, Vice President of Public Policy, MTV

Alan Simpson

, Vice President of Policy, Common Sense Media

Nicole Turner-Lee

, VP & Director, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Stephen Balkam

, CEO, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

Ren Cadogan

, Bilingual Counselor, Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Back to School in a Digital World is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, those attending are
asked to pre-register by submitting their name, organizational affiliation and phone number to


Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please e-mail or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-
0432 (TTY) with your contact information, should FCC staff need to contact you, and a detailed description
of the accommodation you require. Requests should be made as early as possible, as last minute requests may
be impossible to fulfill.


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