Are you concerned your child is spending too much time in front of a screen? Join the Rainbow District School Board Parent Involvement Committee on Oct. 29 for a free presentation of the award-winning documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.”
In the 2016 film, award-winning documentary filmmaker Delaney Ruston brings to light the effect that screen time has on children and teens alike, and the friction that technology causes within families and schools. The film also highlights the effect it has on children’s development and how adults can help teach them to navigate the digital world and find the right balance.
Ruston takes a personal outlook, exploring the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to discover the struggles with social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.
Throughout the film, authors, psychologists and brain scientists share their thoughts and insights. According to the documentary, "We spend on average 6.5 hours per day staring at screens, not including school work time."
You can check out the trailer here:
Following the screening, CBC Morning North host Markus Schwabe will be moderating a panel discussion with the mental health lead for Rainbow Schools, a pediatrician from NEO Kids, a representative from Public Health Sudbury & District, and a technology expert from Laurentian University. The health unit and Greater Sudbury Police Service will also be attending and will be on hand to share resources.
This Oct. 29 free screening of “Screenagers” will be held at Sudbury Secondary School’s Sheridan Auditorium at 7 p.m. The film is recommended for viewers age 10 and older, and everyone from parents and guardians to members of the public are welcome. The film has a run-time of 67 minutes.
Ryan Marcotte is a co-operative education student from Lasalle Secondary School.