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Disconnected Preview: MTV's TV Movie Addresses Digital Abuse And Bullying

Tonight, the drama goes digital when MTV premieres their original movie (Dis)connected, a film that follows a group of kids whose lives are connected by their interactions online. The film was inspired by a true story, and is connected with MTV’s “A Thin Line” campaign, which is trying to put a stop to digital abuse.

It’s hard enough being a teenager before factoring in online socializing. The internet can allow kids to connect with other kids in ways those of us who grew up before the digital era could not. While the internet has its perks, especially when it comes to social networking, there are also drawbacks, as evidenced by what you’ll see in MTV’s new movie. (Dis)connected looks at both sides of the issue as it follows four kids who know each other online and whose personal lives are affected by the interactions they have with people on the internet. Take away the fact that all of the kids featured in the film look like teen-models, and I’m thinking there’s actually something kids will be able to connect with here.

The film is partially inspired by the tragic story of Abraham Biggs, a teen battling bipolar disorder who broadcasted his suicide via streaming video, while some of his online audience egged him on. Following tonight’s premiere, MTV will air a MTV News Special featuring Vinny Guadagnino, Dan Savage and SuChin Pak as they discuss some of the issues addressed in the film.

Here’s the trailer for the movie, which airs tonight (Monday, October 10th) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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Kelly West
Kelly West

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.