Film screening: 'Screenagers'
Radford Institute presents a free screening of the film Screenagers.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 in the Senior School Lecture Theatre
RSVP by 24 October to Radford Institute Director Phil O?Regan
Screenagers will screen from 6.30pm, followed by a discussion with
Matthew Heinrich, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation and
the Radford College Counsellors from 7.45-8.30pm
By Claire Melloy, Director of Student Development
One of the most difficult issues facing parents today is navigating expectations in the digital space.
A parent contacted me and told me about the film Screenagers, which she had seen reviewed. She had tried to buy a copy for her family but found that the filmmakers only release the film to communities because this is considered to be a community issue. As a result I researched the film and found it highly recommended to all of us who are living with and caring for young people.
Screenagers examines the struggles that many are facing over social media, video games, internet addiction, academic study and wellbeing. It explores the research and provides insights from authors and brain scientists, with emerging solutions as to how we can empower our young people to best navigate the digital world.
The film provides strategies for parents including the idea of negotiating a contract with your child about device use. Here is an excellent example of such a contract, which includes some important life lessons that don't just apply to mobile phone use.
ABOUT THE FILM (Runtime: 68 minutes. Directed by: Delaney Ruston, M.D. )
Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimise harmful effects and find balance. After seeing the film, parents reported that they felt more confident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time.