Since the first “smart” device hit the market, parents have lamented how tweens and teens are constantly connected, always looking down at a screen. And there is certainly no shortage of articles offering stories of the negative impact of all this screen time. But parents often seem caught trying to balance the realities of technologies with parenting during an already challenging age. The new documentary SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in The Digital Age aims to explore the impact of screen technology on kids, while also offering multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.
Families Managing Media will host a showing of SCREENAGERS on Saturday, May 7 at Hope Community Church (4416 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28226) from 7-9pm. Open to all, the cost is $10 per family and tickets can be purchased at the door, or by clicking here.
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.
Director 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.
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