RSU1 recently showed the documentary Screenagers to all students in grades 6-12. A public showing was also offered in conjunction with Patten Free Library, which approximately 50 community members attended. The goal of these showings has been to generate discussion in our community, to raise awareness, and to help us all be more purposeful about our use of technology.
The following lists of articles and resources are being provided to help the community learn more about the film, and to highlight some resources that may be of help to families.
The film, Screenagers
KQED: ‘Screenagers’ Shows Parents Overwhelmed by Kids’ Phone, Computer Use
Forbes: Are Your Kids Addicted To Their Phones? 'Screenagers' Wants to Help
NYT Wired Well Blog: In ‘Screenagers,’ What to Do About Too Much Screen Time
NPR: 'Screenagers': Parents, teens and the battle over tech time
Screenagers Screen Time Agreement
Common Sense Media Family Media Contracts
Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Scope and Sequence for Grades K-12
ISTE 9 resources for teaching digital citizenship
Common Sense Media Cyberbullying
EduTopia Resource Roundup for Cyberbullying
View the trailer here: SCREENAGERS (Official Trailer)
From the Screenagers website:
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, 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.