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Andy Marohl
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Are you student, a teacher, a parent, a grandparent? Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In Screenagers, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney 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 offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Sponsored by Florence Community PTA and Oregon Pacific Bank, we will be offering a private screening for Siuslaw Middle School families on Thursday, 9/27 at 7 p.m.  Mr. Marohl will be the moderator of the film with some Q&A afterward.  Additionally, we will have a panel from Healthy Directions Coalition with a presentation on Teen Proofing your Home afterward.

The film will be showing publicly all week long, and Andy will be guiding a additional discussions for the public screening on Tuesday, 9/25 at 7pm. Tickets for this screening will be at the group rate of $6--and you can buy your tickets here. Additional times for the week: Friday: 5:25 PM, Saturday: 4:50 PM, Sunday: 5:10 PM, Monday: 5:10 PM, Tuesday: 7:00 PM, Wednesday: 4:30 PM, Thursday: 12:00 PM.