Should Social Media Savvy Be Taught in Schools?
By DAVID WEINER
April 12, 2013
We all know – hopefully by now – that social media can be a dangerous thing, especially in the hands of children, and Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard and Paula Patton explore the at times detrimental and devastating consequences of online interaction in Disconnect, in theaters this weekend. So the real question is, should social media savvy be taught in schools?
"I think that's a really good idea to explain to kids at a very early age what it is they have in their pocket; it's dangerous," says Jason. "If you're ignorant about what it can do, then it can embarrass you and I guess hurt you sometimes too."
A riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world, Disconnect casts Jason as a hard-working lawyer and dad who is attached to his cell phone at the expense of his family. His story intersects with Alexander and Paula's as a couple who are drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. Other elements include a widowed ex-cop who struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate, while an ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site.
We all take social networking and online interaction for granted these days, but are we losing our ability to connect completely? Watch the video to see how Jason, Alexander and Paula interact on a daily basis and share how they really feel about people being addicted to their smart phones.