Hopkins Public Schools hosts free showing of “Screenagers,” community discussion panel

Hopkins Public Schools, in partnership with Hopkins One Voice Coalition, is hosting a community-wide, free screening of the award-winning documentary, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, March 28 at 6:30 p.m., at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
March 17, 2017

Hopkins Public Schools, in partnership with Hopkins One Voice Coalition, is hosting a community-wide, free screening of the award-winning documentary, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, March 28 at 6:30 p.m., at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The event will include a resource fair beginning at 6 p.m.

In Screenagers, physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore the 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.

“Our goal for the event is for parents, caregivers, community members, and young people themselves to feel better informed, and to raise awareness around some various considerations for growing up in the digital world today,” said Holly Magdanz, One Voice Coalition coordinator. “And many parents may find themselves glued to their own smart phones or devices, which further suggests the need for community-wide conversation around tech life balance." 

After the 68-minute film, engage in a dialogue with a community panel offering perspectives and resources to help parents and their children navigate expectations and realities with the use of technology. The panelists include a Hopkins Public Schools staff member, therapists from myHealth Teens & Young Adults and Traverse Counseling & Consulting, a young Hopkins graduate, and a youth, addiction, and technology specialist from Hazelden.

This is not a ticketed event. It is free and open to the public thanks to a generous grant from the Hopkins High School Spirit Shop Legacy Fund. Seating is first-come, first-served. Parents and students, grades 4 through high school, are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit HopkinsSchools.org/Screenagers.

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