Friday, March 24, 2017

The Windham PTA invites the public for free screening of documentary

The Windham PTA and the RSU14 Schools will be hosting a film event on Tuesday, April 4 at 5:45 p.m. at the Windham High School Performing Arts Center, 406 Gray Road in Windham. The film, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” is free to the public.

“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 create this documentary 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 story: A 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 scientific insights/thoughts from 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; it also reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.

Middle School Principal, Drew Patin will be the emcee for the evening. For more information or questions, email:

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