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!