School District Hosts Free Documentary on how too much TV or watching screens in general retards intellectual and emotional growth in our children
The Carson City School District will host two showings of a 60-minute documentary titled “Screenagers Next Chapter – Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Bob Boldrick Theatre in the Carson City Community Center. The two showings, beginning at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m., will be free and open to the public. Parents are encouraged to bring their children.
SCREENAGERS is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offers parents and families proven solutions that work. What started out as a personal story for one has grown into a national movement, helping millions of teens and their families navigate growing up in a world with instant access to screens.“
The Carson City School District continues to make a concerted effort to educate our students, parents and families about responsible use of technology to enhance learning,” said Dr. LeAnn Morris, Instructional Technology Coordinator, with the Carson City School District. “The goal of showing this new documentary, released in October 2019, to our community is to bring parents, children and educators together again to help foster healthy conversations about how screen time impacts their lives. The District previously hosted the original “Screenagers – Growing Up In The Digital Age.
Technology specialists with the school district have also invited a panel of experts from the community to host a discussion and question and answer (Q&A) session from 6:45 – 7:15 p.m. Viewers who come for the 5:30 PM show are invited to stay until 7:15 p.m. and participate in the Q&A, and the viewers for the 7:30 p.m. show may arrive early at 6:45 p.m. to participate in the Q&A and then stay for the video. Click here to view the movie trailer.
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 repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.
As a director, Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories of messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. The film will introduce Hannah, a 14-year old victim of social media bullying, who struggled trying to hide her social media use from her mom. And Andrew, whose love of video games turned into an addiction taking him from earning straight A’s to flunking out of college.
Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek and leading brain scientists who present evidence on the real changes in the brain when kids are on screens. SCREENAGERS goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, it reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.