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'Beware the Slenderman'

Award-winning director Irene Taylor Brodsky has set her sights on exploring the lore surrounding the Internet's most well-known Creepypasta character, one that inspired a minor moral panic in early 2014 after two 12-year-old girls blamed the supposed boogeyman for inspiring them to stab a classmate nearly 20 times in little Waukesha, Wisconsin. Her new film, "Beware the Slenderman," comes to us from HBO Documentary Films.

Brodsky uses the (fictional) disturbing figure to explore not only the effect that Internet lore has on real-life actions, but also how the digital age is saturating the imagination and actions of children. The director reportedly got exclusive access to the families of both girls charged with the crime, and her documentary will likely stir up fierce debate (and perhaps even a touch more terror).normalized-tmp-56df0bd49dc90

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Down The Rabbit Hole: Slenderman, Children & The Internet

"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."

Who is Slenderman? He sounds like a jerk. 

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