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.
"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., Berkeley
"Wow.....that was really well done. My eldest who is 12 really enjoyed it and it stirred up some great conversation. This documentary is a gift to this conversation. " Michelle G., Educator, Parenting Coach & Mindfulness Educator
“Two screenings we held both sold out immediately. Based on the audience feedback it is clear this film resonates with parents and teachers who seek to find a balance with digital use.”- Bridget Clark, Coordinator Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative
"My 13 year old son and I watched the film Screenagers together. It really had an impact on us, especially seeing the young man who had excelled in school and sports while in high school, only to find himself, a year later, addicted to gaming, a college drop-out and living out of his car. 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
"Our High Schools would like to increase student participation in the PTA, this could be added value our families need." Cathy M. , PTA President SF Unified, Aptos Middle School
"I saw the movie tonight and think it's great. It's curent and timely given so many of the issues we face with our kids today and at Drake HS, such as cell phone use in the classroom"– Dina L. Parent Club Co-chair, Drake High School, San Anselmo
"I saw Screenagers with my family on Wednesday night. The movie is wonderful. It was so great to have the girls hear all of the concerns about too much screen time come from someone other than Greg and me!" — Maureen S., San Anselmo
"We showed Screenagers to our Middle School recently and so many students and teachers thanked us for doing it. We wanted to keep the conversation going after the film and were inspired by the Tech Talk Tuesday idea in the film. So now we are raising questions about tech in our lives with our students during homeroom and advisory weekly."—Jay F., Middle School Director, The Bush School, Seattle, WA"Just saw the movie. Well done! As a teacher, ed-tech director, and (especially) a parent, I really appreciate this conversation and what a great job you did in presenting it in a non-preachy and optimistic manner." —Michael Danielson via Facebook"Thank you, thank you, thank you for producing this amazing and important film. We took our 8-year-old daughter to see it at Seattle Children's last night and she said it was 'awesome.' We agree…you're creating a movement to help us navigate it and protect our children. Thank you!" — Hermes A. via Facebook"Based on Tuesday night’s program, I can tell you that many Nashville families are grateful that Delaneyand your team created a powerful, personal, eyeopening, and yet ultimately positive and uplifting documentary that encourages families to talk together and set boundaries together and partner together to improve the health and well being of our children, ourselves and our communities." —Carolyn H., Chair, Ensworth Parent Education Committee
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