Have you spent even one minute worrying about your kids’ use of screens? Physician and documentary filmmaker Delany Ruston sure has. She made the Screenagers movie after she found herself “constantly struggling with her own two kids about screen time.”
According to Ruston’s press release, she felt “guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework.” After hearing repeatedly how other parents were feeling just as overwhelmed as she was, she realized that kids’ use of screens is one of the biggest, most unexplored parenting issues of our time.
The good news? In her interview with a New York Times blogger, filmmaker Ruston says that, “Given the right guidelines, kids can increase self-control [over screens]. I was really surprised… kids consistently told me that they want rules around their screen time.”
Read the testimonials from teens and parents below.
The movie includes cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders such as Simon Sinek, Peggy Orenstein, and leading brain scientists who present compelling evidence of real changes happening in the brains of teens on screens. The Screenagers movie “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.”
View the 3-minute “Screenagers” movie trailer here, and then use the link at the bottom of this post to find showings in your area.
Testimonials about the Screenagers movie:
“[My daughter] learned a lot and has requested restrictions on her phone usage.”
—Amy S., School Administrator
“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. Thank you for sharing this valuable film with us.”
—Nancy B., Chair of Parent-Education MVMS PTSA
“I loved the movie! It taught me and my sister so much. We had a great discussion about it at home too.”
—Chloe B., 17-year-old
“Super fun film, filled with amazing stories and science. Andrew’s internet addiction story was so powerful — and to see him come thru it was wonderful. This film is a must see.”
—Parent review on commonsensemedia.org
“This film is engaging, funny, fascinating and helpful. It is relevant and on-target, serious in its warnings, but not alarmist in an unhelpful way. Great film.”
—Parent review on commonsensemedia.org
“Screenagers was an incredible eyeopener to me. The way it was presented got totally under my skin and pointed out exactly what we are dealing with in my family. It’s brought changes into our life.”
—Kirsten R. C., New York Parent
“Sit your kids down and watch this movie. Sit on them if you have to. It’s a MUST SEE for anyone with kids in their lives!”
—Martha Adams, Chief Creative Officer for Girls Rising
“The film is first rate. You’ve made a REMARKABLE piece: thoughtful, provocative and beautifully filmed and edited.”
—Beth T., Geneticist at UCSF Children’s Hospital
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