Generation Mobile


Federal Communications Commission
Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
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A forum bringing together teens, parents, educators and experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges around mobile technology use by adolescents. Recent surveys show cell phone ownership among children has increased 68 percent in the past five years and typical teens send a text message every 10 minutes during waking hours.

will feature remarks by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and a presentation of findings from a Pew Internet and American Life study on kids’ mobile phone usage. The forum will include a panel of teens, parents and educators sharing their thoughts on mobile technology. A second panel will focus on educating and empowering parents through an “Ask the Mobile Experts” session. The experts will also recommend tools and resources to parents and kids for the safe and responsible use of mobile phones.

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 [email protected]. The forum will be webcast live at and questions during the forum can be sent to [email protected] or using the hashtag #GenMobile on Twitter.


10:00 a.m. Welcome, Opening Remarks, Live Chat with Jane Lynch
• Welcome by David Pinder, Principal, McKinley Technology High School
• Remarks by Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC
• Live Video Chat with Actress Jane Lynch, LG Text Ed Council
• Presentation by Amanda Lenhart, Senior Researcher, Pew Internet Project

10:40 a.m. Panel I: Speaks
• Rosalind Wiseman, Author and Teen Expert, Member LG Text Ed Council
• Julius Genachowski, Chairman, FCC

• Tori Dugger, Senior, McKinley Technology High School
• Jonathan Harris II, Senior, Dr. Henry A. Wise High School, Upper Marlboro, Md.
• Erin Maines, Sophomore, Falls Church High School, Falls Church, Va.
• Frank Preston, Junior, Howard High School, Ellicott City, Md.
• Lanita Preston, Author and Mother of Frank Preston
• Stacey A. Kopnitsky, Assistant Principal, Cabin John Middle School, Rockville, Md.
• Parry Aftab, Executive Director,
• Dwan Jordon, Principal, Sousa Middle School, Washington, D.C.

11:40 a.m. Panel II: Ask the Experts About
• Josh Gottheimer, Senior Counselor to the Chairman, FCC

• Marsali Hancock, President, Internet Keep Safe Coalition
• Dr. Michael Levine, Executive Director, Joan Ganz Cooney Center
• Maureen Cooney, Privacy Officer, Sprint
• Michael Clark, Co-Founder, SafetyWeb
• Dane Snowden, Vice President, External & State Affairs, CTIA
• Tim Sparapani, Director of Public Policy, Facebook
• Alan Simpson, Vice President for Policy, Common Sense Media
• Stephen Balkam, CEO, Family Online Safety Institute

1:00 p.m. Program Concludes