We are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.
"Screenagers is a very balanced, sympathetic and sane look at the way millions of teens are struggling with phones and games and technology in general. In part by letting the teens themselves speak about their own concerns and solutions, Screenagers is deeply affecting, too." Dave Eggers, Best-Selling Author, Publisher and Education Activist
"My 13 year old son and I watched the film Screenagers together. The impact of the film was so great, that all on his own, when the movie ended, my son announced that he would voluntarily be relinquishing his computer for a week. In the end, he was off completely for 10 days, and when he did get back on he started setting a timer and sticking to his own self-imposed time limits."Nancy B., PTA, Chair of Parent-Education MVMS PTSA
As the first generation of parents dealing with the impact of ever-present screen technology, parents today are on their own. This film is for anyone with children in their lives.
Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw the effects of growing up in the digital age happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore 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 also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.
SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.
Here's what others have to say about SCREENAGERS:
"I work in the technology world at Lucasfilm and as the father of two teenagers, I appreciate the challenges in maintaining balance in the access and use of technology. The screening was easy to setup and we had many Lucasfilm families attend the screening and discussion. We held the screening after work hours and encouraged parents to bring their kids. In the Q&A kids opened up about their challenges with screen time and parents shared their struggles in maintaining balance with their kid’s use of technology." Kevin Clark, Director of IT, Lucasfilm
"I have been very concerned about this issue and as I'm a geneticist I'm very interested in the science behind it. The film is REMARKABLE: thoughtful, provocative and beautifully filmed and edited." — Beth T., Geneticist at UCSF Children’s Hospital
I wanted to thank you for your film. I watched it with my 10 year old son in Houston before spring break. After we left the film, he decided he wanted to go 21 days without using any technology. He thought he might be addicted, and that he believed technology was making him feel crankier and angry. He put up his iPad and Xbox and has reached his goal. He set a new goal to go for 70 days without technology. This is how he spends his time now- ping pong, bike rides, drawing, fort building, reading and swimming. Thank you for making this film. It initiated more creativity as his awareness developed of how technology was thwarting that part of him. Sara V., Houston, Texas
London Waldorf School is committed to providing a space for parents and educators to connect and learn together. Waldorf Education strives to enliven the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, artistic, and spiritual capacities of the human being.
Join us for this screening, followed by a time for parents to socialize and share.