2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Down The Rabbit Hole: Slenderman, Children & The Internet

Sunday, March 13
3:30PM - 4:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 12AB
531 E 4th St


Expanding on issues raised in the world premiere of the HBO Documentary BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN, this panel explores the increasingly digital world, the potentially dangerous power of memes and the internet's influence on our children. For two little girls from Wisconsin, an online myth they believed had the power to kill them and their families, and led to the tragic stabbing of their best friend. What is the downside to infinite information at their fingertips, 24/7? How do kids understand what they discover online, when their skills of critical thought and analysis are only just developing? How can parents and content creators help them navigate the internet? Panelists from all sides of the spectrum tackle these questions, and the issues of a generation of kids traveling down the digital rabbit hole far enough to find its darkest basement.

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Alex Kantrowitz

Sr Technology Reporter


Bill Weier

Father of Anissa from the film Slenderman


Irene Taylor Brodsky at SXSW

Irene Taylor Brodsky


Beware the Slenderman

Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide. She has collaborated with global p...

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Jacqueline  Woolley at SXSW

Jacqueline Woolley

Professor & Department of Psychology Chair

The University of Texas at Austin


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