SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Indianola parents, guardians, students, and community members, please join us for a FREE showing of the Screenagers movie in the Indianola High School auditorium on Monday, March 23rd at 6:30 PM. Students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to attend with their parents.
No tickets required, but please register as soon as possible and mark your calendars for this important event.
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in The Digital Age has been screened more than 8,000 times to 4 million people in more than 70 countries around the world. With multiple screenings happening daily in communities across the globe, SCREENAGERS is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer 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.
- Use of screens in school
- Boys and video games
- Girls and social media
- Risk of addiction
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. We meet 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, as well as 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.
WHAT ARE OTHER PARENTS SAYING ABOUT THE SCREENAGERS MOVIE?
“Sit your kids down and watch this movie. Sit on them if you have to. It’s a MUST SEE for anyone with kids in their lives!” – Martha Adams, Chief Creative Officer for Girls Rising
“I saw “Screenagers” two days ago at my son’s school IS276 NYC. It was an incredible eyeopener to me…Most that was presented was not new to me, but the way it was presented got totally under my skin and pointed out exactly what we are dealing with in my family. I thank you so much for sharing, this already has brought changes into our life.” -Kirsten R. C. New York Parent
“My husband and I have just been very concerned about this issue for some time, and as I’m a geneticist at UCSF Children’s Hospital Oakland, I’m very interested in the science behind it. The film is first rate- you’ve made a REMARKABLE piece: thoughtful, provocative and beautifully filmed and edited.” -Beth T., Geneticist at UCSF Children’s Hospital
“Just wanted you to know that your movie has the attention of most of the important people in my community. You have conquered Marin! It’s making a huge buzz….” -Michelle G., Educator, Parenting Coach & Mindfulness Educator
“I got my daughter’s feedback on the movie and I want to thank you and your team! She learned a lot and has requested restrictions on her phone usage. I’m really happy for you and the success of this project and grateful for its impact!!” -Amy S. School Administrator
“My 13 year old son and I watched the film Screenagers together. The impact of the film was so great, that all on his own, when the movie ended, my son announced that he would voluntarily be relinquishing his computer for a week. In the end, he was off completely for 10 days, and when he did get back on he started setting a timer and sticking to his own self-imposed time limits. Thank you for sharing this valuable film with us.“-Nancy B., Chair of Parent-Education MVMS PTSA
“I loved the movie! It taught me and my sister so much. We had a great discussion about it at home too.” -Chloe B. 17-year-old
“Saw it last night & am thrilled to reference this film as a resource for families wrestling with this topic! Thank You!“-Jen R. LMHC, Seattle WA
“I think this is the most important and rewarding film that has immediately useful and beneficial information for all of us…I would like to see this film shown in every school. Then let’s have the discussion on how do we talk with one another and understand the world today.“-Kit Burns, Father, Tacoma WA