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Join a special screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Screenagers posterMarch 13 2017 - Hudson Valley School Districts will host a special screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age at 7 p.m. March 28 at Monroe-Woodbury High School.

Tickets purchased for the original date (March 14) will be accepted on March 28. If you need a refund on tickets because of a conflict with March 28, go to https://impactflow.com/event/1543 and click on the link to Contact Organizer.

Are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? The award-winning documentary Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Join parents, students and teachers from Goshen, Monroe-Woodbury, Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery and other local districts to view a documentary about one of the biggest parenting issue of our time. Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age will be held at 7 p.m. March 28 in the Monroe-Woodbury High School auditorium.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online

See the film trailer: www.screenagersmovie.com.

The screening is appropriate for ages 8 and older.

Following the screening, there will be a Q & A session with a panel comprised of school and adolescent psychologists, a school social worker, a law enforcement professional and a teacher/eSports coach, including Goshen High School Social Studies Teacher/K-12 Technology Coordinator Jonathan Redeker and Goshen Intermediate School Guidance Counselor Christopher Haller.

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About Screenagers & Digital Literacy

Screenagers is a documentary about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them find balance. Since it premiered earlier this year the movie has been sweeping the country screening 2000 times to audiences filled with hundreds of parents and kids. It has been shown in almost every state and 15 countries — including 4 times in Saudi Arabia earlier this month. Screenagers is only being screened in community settings like schools, churches, synagogues, community groups and companies. Tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Adobe and Autodesk have all hosted employee screenings. Schools tell the filmmakers about how this movie is drawing out huge audiences of parents like nothing they’ve ever experienced.

In Screenagers , as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Dr. Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore the 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.

Screenagers emerged directly from a chapter in Dr. Ruston's own life. She was facing a challenge that caught her off-guard — raising teenagers whose attention was increasingly consumed by screen-based activities. With a 14-year-old son who loved video gaming and a 12-year-old daughter who was lobbying hard for her own smart phone, she encountered frequent battles on both fronts. She would work on being tolerant, then suddenly lose her patience, and then feel guilty for getting mad.

She saw how school administrations were becoming more lenient about phones in classrooms even though many teachers were exasperated trying to police phones. She also saw that there was a real lack of digital citizenship being talked in classrooms. At her daughter’s middle school, the digital citizenship “curriculum” consisted of a single assembly by a police officer who scared the kids about stranger danger and then went on to blame the students for cyberbullying. Science has shown that scare tactics do not effectively influence children’s behavior.

As a physician, she became increasingly anxious to know how the tech world affects children’s development. She started finding new research on the impact of video gaming and social media on self-esteem, empathy, social skill development, academics and brain development. As a mom, she wanted to examine how we can better manage screen time in our homes and schools. What does science teach us about teaching self-control? How can we best encourage youth to find their own ways to achieve balance? What limits and rules are reasonable and how do we implement them?

Dr. Andrea Tejedor will facilitate a 15-hour workshop exploring Screenagers and Digital Literacy. Participants will attend the screening at the Monroe-Woodbury High School at 7 p.m. March 14. This will be followed by 3 online modules that will explore how to create the balance described in the documentary while still leveraging the technologies to empower student learning. The cost of the screening and workshop is $5. (Dates of Workshop: March 14 – April 11. Blended Format: Attend screening of documentary on 3/14/17 and complete discussions and assignments online.)

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, register here and email Dr. Tejedor at andrea.tejedor@hffmcsd.org