Film Explores Growing Up in the Digital Age
How do screen-time, video games and social media impact your kids? What are the implications for academic success? The Village School of North Bennington is presenting a viewing of ‘Screenagers,’ an award-winning film that dives into the effects of technology on kids’ development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world. Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston 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’ and her other 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 and surprising insights from authors, psychologists and brain scientists, ‘Screenagers’ reveals how tech time affects kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to find a balance.
The film will be shown on Friday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m at the Tishman Theatre at Bennington College. It is 67 minutes long, and will be followed by a discussion panel, with the evening concluding between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Children in middle school and high school are encouraged to attend along with family members. Seats are limited and must be purchased in advance. Tickets, $5 each, can be purchased at vsnb.org.