A free screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age will be shown at the Coral Shores High School Performing Arts Center on Monday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Plantation Key School Advisory Council and the grass roots education advocacy group, Minimize Testing Maximize Learning. Screenagers is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offers multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.
Concerned about the impact of digital technology in our homes and, increasingly, in our classrooms, the organizers have sponsored this FREE public screening in hopes that parents and educators can start a community-wide conversation about how screen time impacts our lives, said Sue Woltanski of Minimize Testing Maximize Learning.
The documentary explores the appropriate use of screens in school, the impact of video games on boys and social media on girls and the risk of addiction. The documentary’s trailers can be viewed at www.screenagersmovie.com. The film will last one hour and parents are encouraged to bring their middle school and older children to the screening, said Woltanski.
Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make Screenagers when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatability how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.
Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others — revealing stories that depict messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Examples of stories, include Hannah’s, an 14-year old victim of social media bullying that stemmed from her trying to hide her use of social media from her mom. Issues are different for boys and girls, and the film also follows Andrew’s story, a straight-A student whose love of video games spins out of control when he goes off to college and lands in an internet rehab center.
Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders such as Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on real changes happening in the brain.