This hour-long documentary explores the effects of electronic devices on kids and families. It is an excellent film that we viewed at one of our local schools. It has already screened at hundreds of Catholic schools and parishes, but we have chosen to partner with Screenagers to encourage even more. Offering a screening is a great way to lead into a conversation amongst your parents using our Growing Up Catholic: Taming Technology parent small group resource.
The topic of technology and screen use is a huge one for families today. It is a health issue, a social issue, a family issue, and an academic issue. It is also a spiritual issue, which is one reason Pope Francis has talked about it on numerous occasions.
The award-winning Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
Screenagers is not available for purchase on DVD, over online streaming, or in theaters. The producers are making it available exclusively for community screenings. The fee is significant, but the producers make it easy show the film as a fundraiser and keep proceeds beyond the licensing fee.
The film is relevant for parents who have children of all ages, and is appropriate for viewing by middle schoolers and teens. Screening can be for whole families, parents, or kids. Schools can choose to have separate screenings for kids and their parents for a single licensing fee.
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Screenagers is a very balanced, sympathetic and sane look at the way millions of teens are struggling with phones and games and technology in general. In part by letting the teens themselves speak about their own concerns and solutions. Screenagers is deeply affecting, too.
As the mother of three kids—two of them teenagers—I’ve noticed that whenever I get together with other parents, the conversation ends up turning to our kids’ screen time. We’re all worried about how much is too much. For any of you wrestling with this issue, I loved the documentary, Screenagers. It combines smart insights and practical tips for raising happy, healthy, technologically-empowered teens.
It's a MUST SEE for anyone with kids in their lives!
I saw Screenagers two days ago at my son's school in NYC. It was an incredible eye opener...the way it was presented got totally under my skin and pointed out exactly what we are dealing with in my family….this already has brought changes into our life.