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 child 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: The Next Chapter,” a film scheduled to be shown Monday, January 21 at South Pasadena High in the school’s library starting at 7:30 p.m., Ruston 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.
High stress, anxiety and depression are experienced by millions of young people.
The film follows Ruston as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age. It depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help kids navigate the digital world.
This film is not available to the public.
The one-hour, nine minute film, followed by a Q&A, is presented by the SPMS PTA and the SPHS PTA’s.