Screenagers – Growing Up in the Digital Age – Film & Discussion – Thu Nov 9, 6:30pm Morgan Auditorium
Watching your kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
Psychologist Dr. Alicia Farrell will join us for the panel discussion following the film providing all an excellent opportunity to discuss issues, recommendations for healthy brain and socio-emotional development, the role that parents and educators play, and Q&A.
Free and open to the public.