Note: This film in appropriate for adults and kid 10 and older (however, many parents bring kids younger than 10 and are happy they did.)
Screenagers is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work.
Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make SCREENAGERS when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.
Director Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories that depict messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Examples of stories, include Hannah’s, an 14-year old victim of social media bullying that stemmed from her trying to hide her use of social media from her mom. Issues are different for boys and girls, and the film also follows Andrew’s story, a straight-A student whose love of video games spins out of control when he goes off to college and lands in an internet rehab center.
Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders such as Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on real changes happening in the brain. SCREENAGERS goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, but reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.
Use of screens in school
Boys and video games
Girls and social media
Risk of addiction
Kids spend on average 6.5 hours a day on screens and that doesn’t include classroom or homework screen time.
Boys spend on average the equivalent of 1.5 days on video games every week
Some recent studies show us that screen time increases dopamine production and causes behavior that mimics addiction.