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Thursday March 15, 2018 at 5:01pm Age: 337 days
Category: High School, District, Middle School


We are watching our kids grow up in front of a screen, scrolling through life with ever faster thumbs. As parents, we find ourselves doing the same, and we begin to ask if the rewards outweigh what is being lost.

Like it or not, we are living in a new technological land. Our children’s attention spans are ever-shorter, contact with the natural world briefer, and social interactions one level removed from face-to-face. How do we begin to talk about this as families?

If you are experiencing friction and frustration about your child’s use of technology, you are not alone, and there is help.

Join us for a community viewing of an important and helpful film on these life-altering issues. Then, let’s talk about it.

  • What: “SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the digital age” (watch official trailer)
    — Q&A: Bring your questions to moderators Jerry Sander,  LCSW/MVHS/MVMS Student Assistance Counselor, and Beverly Braxton, founder of Family Central (Parenting network).

  • Who: Open to all Minisink community members and students (Grades 5 and older) accompanied by parents/guardians

  • When/Where: Mon., March 19, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Minisink Valley Middle School Auditorium

  • How: Click here to register

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is cosponsoring the event. Nicholas Mikulski, president, and Brittany Ruff, vice-president, will help facilitate discussion between students and adults.

About the film

The average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston experienced the frustration and friction of negotiating screen-time with her own children and began to question the impact of it all.

In “Screenagers,” as in Ruston’s other award-winning documentaries, she takes a deeply personal approach to exploring the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own.

Through poignant, at times funny storytelling, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists and brain scientists, “Screenagers" reveals how tech and screen-time are impacting kids’ development.

But that’s not all. After seeing the 68-minute film, audiences have said they feel more confident and better-equipped to help their kids navigate the digital world and find a healthy balance.

In the media
Education Week: 'Screenagers' Documentary Looks at Youths' Digital Device Use
Forbes: Are Your Kids Addicted To Their Phones? 'Screenagers' Wants to Help
Scholastic: Teenage Mutant Screenagers
USA Today: How to help keep teens off their smartphones