September 7, 2011 - 3:35 pm
By Tammy Sun | Director, Office of Media Relations

Like many parents around the country, the FCC’s getting ready for back-to-school season. Tomorrow, we’re hosting 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. 

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. The FCC has set up a crowdsourcing site to help collect some of the most common questions from parents on this important topic. Submit your questions – or vote for topics you’d like to see discussed – here:  Anyone can participate by submitting a question or voting for questions.  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. So feel free to give us your questions now, and one way or another, we’ll respond!

Back to School in a Digital World is free and open to the public. If you live in the Washington-DC area and want to attend, here are the details.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

10:00AM – 11:15AM Eastern


Columbia HeightsEducational 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, President, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

René Cadogan, Bilingual Counselor, Columbia Heights Educational Campus