‘Screenagers’ screens for parents, teens

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Jefferson County Library and the Chimacum School District are teaming up to show a documentary on growing up in a world dominated by media and digital devices.

“Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” is shown at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23 at the Chimacum High School auditorium, 91 W. Valley Road. The event is free and open to the public.

“It seemed like an important topic,” said Russ Stamp, library teen coordinator and producer of the event. The film is only shown in special screenings such as this one and can’t be found online, he said.

“Screenagers” presents insights on how to best empower kids to navigate the digital world, and probes into vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and Internet addiction.

The film is suitable to see together as a family, Stamp said.

“That’s our hope is that families will come.

“We encourage parents and children to attend this for the opportunity to have this important discussion.”

The film runs 70 minutes, and is followed by a discussion moderated by Beth Clifford, the counselor at Chimacum’s middle and high schools.

Director and physician Delaney Ruston decided to make “Screenagers” when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time.

After repeatedly hearing from other parents that they were equally overwhelmed by how to manage their kids’ access to media, Ruston realized this is one of the biggest unexplored parenting issues of our time.

In the film, she explores poignant and unexpectedly funny family stories, including some about her own family, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists and brain scientists.

“[Parents and teens] are probably constantly having these conversations,” Stamp said. “This is just another way for that conversation to take place.

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