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Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Posted 02/21/2017 10:50AM

Last Wednesday, Far Brook hosted a sold-out viewing of the award-winning documentary, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, with a special appearance after the screening of filmmaker and physician, Dr. Delaney Ruston. Visitors from local communities joined Far Brook families to consider the impact of digital technology use on adolescent development and relationships. Inspired by Dr. Ruston's personal concerns for her own children, the documentary explores family struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction - pressing and universal parenting concerns.

Earlier that day, Far Brook Seventh and Eighth Grade students and faculty also benefitted from the opportunity to view the film and engage with Dr. Ruston and each other on the topic.

Insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists surprised our audiences and triggered discussion and sharing of personal stories. Dr. Ruston offered resources and solutions including family contracts, parenting apps, and Tech Talk Tuesdays, a family commitment to weekly discussions about screen time habits using suggested topics and updated resources provided on www.screenagersmovie.com.

Parents, students, and faculty left Moore Hall with knowledge and strategies to open communication and strive for balance with tweens, teens, and technology.



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