Hello families –

Screenagers tomorrow night! With summer and extra free time right around the corner this film is an important start to examining the impact “screen time”  has on our children!

APPROPRIATE FOR KIDS 10+ years old so bring your family! In fact, this film is often showed to middle and high school kids during school to get them thinking about why, if and how they might regulate their own screen time!

What: The film SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age
When: Thursday May 3 at 6:30 PM
Where: Sutherland Middle School
Why: Because “screen time” crosses into all aspects of kids’ lives… what’s the impact?

As parents we know our kids spend a lot of time on digital devices and that time increases as they move into middle and high school. We worry… Is it impacting their development? How much time is too much? How are other parents handling this issue?

To help us examine these issues and more, Parent Council is hosting a screening of the documentary, SCREENAGERSGrowing Up in the Digital Age. More than 5000 schools and community groups have hosted screenings across the globe including companies like Pixar, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, just to name a few.

This film is only available as a community screening not for individual viewing, so hopefully you can attend! Here is a synopsis from the film maker:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

 Here’s a link to the film’s trailer:

Please let me know if you have questions and I hope to see you at the community screening tomorrow, 5/3 at 6:30 at Sutherland Middle School!

Andrea Heapes

Parent Council Representative