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Moreland to Host Parent/Student Screening of “Screenagers”

September 28, 2018, San Jose, California:  The Moreland School District is pleased to announce a special screening of the documentary “SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in The Digital Age,” open to staff, parents, and students 4th grade and up on Tuesday, October 16th, 6pm in the Moreland Community Center gym.  This special event is free to the Moreland community.

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in The Digital Age is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions.  

From www.screenagers.com:

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.  

As a director, Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories of messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.  We meet Hannah, a 14-year old victim of social media bullying who struggled trying to hide her social media use from her mom. And Andrew, whose love of video games turned into an addiction taking him from earning straight A’s to flunking out of college.

Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on the real changes in the brain when kids are on screens. SCREENAGERS goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, it reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.

Statistics from www.screenagers.com

  • 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.

This special screening of SCREENAGERS: Growing Up In the Digital Age is being shown during Moreland’s Technology Safety Week.  Parents are encouraged to bring children 4th grade and older to the movie. To help plan, please RSVP here: http://bit.ly/ScreenagersAtMoreland.  There is no charge for this event and babysitting will be available.

Moreland is proud to offer parent education workshops throughout the year. From understanding new curriculum to mental health support at home, Moreland partners with families to provide learning opportunities both at the school sites and the District Office.