February 16, 2017

Must-See Video for Parents of Tweens & Teens: SCREENAGERS

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A few weeks ago, I went to the JCC for a screening of a parenting documentary on screen time and video games, SCREENAGERS. I left feeling a little anxious but also somewhat proud of my social media parenting approach. Screen time and social media are not going away, so we need to figure out how we are going to guide our children through their digital lives.


Award-winning SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

The take-away for me is that we as parents are in a new world of parenting, and screen time and social media are at the heart of it. We need to be aware and be present in our teens’ lives now more than ever and come up with a realistic family digital citizenship program, which is unique to each family.

This film is a great way to create conversation with your family on social media and what is happening in their lives. I would highly recommend you watch it with your kids at a future screening. I can promise you, changes will be made immediately in your household. After our family watched it, we immediately implemented a Tech Talk during Sunday night dinners. This is our chance as a family to openly discuss what’s going on in their social media world. We’ve already had two “Plym Tech Talks” and I was floored by some of the things my kids were sharing.

Let me know your thoughts after you’ve watched the trailer – in comments below or email here. If there is enough interest, we can arrange for a special Smarty 2nd screening. We’ll be talking more on topics like this in the near future! And a special thanks goes out to the Levine Jewish Community Center for hosting wonderful events like this one!


For more information on SCREENAGERS:

Website: www.screenagersmovie.com
Blog: www.screenagersmovie.com/articles
facebook: www.facebook.com/ScreenagersMovie

16 Responses

  1. Laura Rhinehardt says:

    I would LOVE to see this movie and show it to my daughter. I think it would be very beneficial to both of us.

    Thank you!

  2. Meghan A says:

    Would LOVE to attend a screening!

  3. Dianne says:

    Would love the chance to see it! I missed the screening at JCC. 🙁 I heard it’s really great!

  4. Kathy Alford says:

    Would love to see the complete documentary.

  5. Valerie Sappenfield says:

    Would love to take both of our kids to a screening!

  6. Nikki says:

    Yes! Would love to see this and take my kids. They’ll listen and understand this information better from watching the movie rather than mom and dad “harping” on them!!

  7. El says:

    Kids’ Brains and Screens seminar, Video game solutions seminar, and Social Media/Smartphone seminars will all be held on Friday, Feb 24 in Matthews. This event is open to the public! See our website to register – http://www.familiesmanagingmedia.com. Thanks!!

  8. Would love to see a screening with my teenager as well

  9. Kaylee says:

    I was out of town the night that AG showed this and I would love to see a screening.

  10. Dana Lipp Peele says:

    I would love to see this

  11. I would like to view with my 12 and 10 year old. We discuss this but they view it as harping. I think viewing this and discussing with other teens would be beneficial for all.

  12. Sara M says:

    I would like to see it!

  13. Andee Smith says:

    Definitely want to see this with all 3 of my tween/teenagers

  14. Anne says:

    I would love to see the documentary.

  15. Michelle says:

    Yes, please. I would be happy to watch this with my kids!! Let me know when there’s a Smarty 2nd screening!!

  16. Sally Harriss says:

    I would love to see this. I couldn’t find it on Netflix. (Central Charlotte if possible).

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