Join a special screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital
16, 2017 - Hudson Valley School Districts will host a special
screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age at 7 p.m. March
14 at Monroe-Woodbury High School.
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 14 in the Monroe-Woodbury High School
Tickets are $5 and
can be purchased online.
See the film trailer:
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