updated 5/12/2011 10:16:50 AM ET 2011-05-12T14:16:50

NEW YORK, May 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- What role did social media really play in the upheavals in Egypt and the on-going conflict in Libya? How did young people embrace technology to create change? And what does this mean for U.S. foreign policy going forward? These are the questions more than 500 New York City public school students and educators will try to find answers to during a unique, one-day conference on the campus of Baruch College in Manhattan.

Participants in the Global Kids' Annual Youth Conference on Global Media and Technology will interact with recognized experts on these issues from the U.S. State Department, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others. The conference will be led by Global Kids Student Leaders, who will share what they have learned during the year with other youth and introduce their peers to people and organizations who can help them implement their ideas and act on their concerns.

Additional topics to be addressed include: race and culture portrayal in the media; violence in the media; censorship; cyber bullying; media and gender; and internet and identity/privacy.

WHAT: Global Kids' Annual Youth Conference on Global Media and Technology "Update Your Status"
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WHO: --More than 500 NYC School students
  --Recognized leaders in global media and technology issues including representatives from U.S. Department of State, Center for Constitutional Rights, WITNESS, Center for Children and Technology and New York Times
   
WHEN: Fri., May 13
  8 am–4 pm
   
WHERE: Baruch College
  Mason Hall (17 Lexington Ave. at 23rd St., 1st Floor)
  Manhattan

Global Kids, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preparing urban youth to become community leaders and global citizens. In a world marked by economic interdependence, migration, urbanization and technological innovation, young people are increasingly faced with the challenges of living in a rapidly changing and connected world.

The Global Kids, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=4850

CONTACT: Media Contact:
         Adam Shapiro
         Adam.Shapiro@adampr.tv
         202-427-3603

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