Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

We live in a technology-rich environment where smart phones, tablets, and computers often rule our day.

As curriculum in the classrooms becomes more innovative, our students are learning through a combination of strategies that often include a digital device. Did you know that the average child spends over six hours a day looking at screens? While much of this timeframe is devoted to schoolwork, screen time can negatively impact students and adults, too.

But are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? In an effort to start the conversation about teens and technology, Hopkins Public Schools, in partnership with the Hopkins One Voice Coalition, held a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age, on March 28 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

In the film, 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. Following the 68-minute film, Hopkins High School Principal Doug Bullinger moderated a six-person panel that took audience questions about topics related to teens and technology. (Scroll down or click here to read about the event.)

The conversation about healthy technology use continues here. This website will be updated regularly to include resources for talking with your teen about technology, getting tips on how to set appropriate technology boundaries, strategies to encourage friends and family to limit screen time, and much more. As teens, and adults, navigate our digital world, it is imperative that we help each other understand digital citizenship and set positive examples as technology evolves.

For more information about technology use and teenagers, contact Hopkins One Voice Coalition Coordinator Holly Magdanz Holly.Magdanz@hopkinsschools.org.

We encourage you to connect with us on social media!

Follow along for tips and resources or send us your technology and teens questions.

Twitter: @HopkinsOneVoice

Facebook: Hopkins One Voice

 

Facebook Live recording of the Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age community panel discussion

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Hopkins’ “Screenagers” event draws hundreds to talk teens and technology

Over 700 parents, students, and educators packed the Hopkins Center for the Arts on March 28, for an evening of information and conversation about teens and technology.
April 05, 2017

Warp Speed: Parenting Teens in a Digital Age – Resource Sheet (pdf, 123 KB)

From the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, here are helpful websites, books, apps, and tips for raising healthy teens on technology.

Screenagers Parent Guide (pdf, 164 KB)

To be effective in influencing your children on this issue, begin by committing to have many short, calm and caring conversations. Start with this guide and continue by participating in Tech Talk Tuesdays using conversation prompts from the "Screenagers" website. 

Screenagers Educator Guide (pdf, 130 KB)

This Educator Discussion Guide is intended to support you in your classroom as you review "Screenagers" and discuss its impact with your students. The guide contains a synopsis of many of the film’s main stories, references to research studies featured in the film, and sample discussion questions.

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