Social networking allows us to manipulate our image and broadcast to the world the illusion of who we want to be, instead of who we really are. In this lecture, Scott discusses how social media can creates false intimacy, instead of allowing teens to experience true closeness. He also discusses other dangers, explaining how platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr provide momentary distractions and embolden teens to behave uncivilly toward one another. In addition, he offers tips for healthy Internet relations and developing an appropriate Internet persona.

Potential Audiences: Middle school, high school and college students