With the average screen time among young people on the rise, St. Paul’s and St. Paul’s School for Girls Schools are excited to jointly present a screening of the ground-breaking film Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age. In addition to classroom or homework, kids are spending an average of 6.5 hours each day in front of a screen. The 70-minute film explores the impact of screen time on kids and offers parents proven solutions that work.
Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston decided to make Screenagers when she found herself constantly struggling with her two children 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 repeatedly 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, a 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. Screenagers goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, but reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the movie Thursday, February 16 at 7 pm in the Ward Center. Middle and Upper School break-out discussions will follow the viewing, led by our schools’ counselors and psychologist to help guide parents on “solutions to empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.” (Screenagersmovie.com)
To view the trailer, please go to www.screenagersmovie.com. We hope you can join us for an informative event that’s sure to get you and your kids talking!