Westlake PTAs present 'Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age'

The Westlake Council of PTAs (Westlake Council) is hosting a special screening of the movie "Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age" for the Westlake community on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Westlake Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the screening beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased online at ScreenagersMovie.com.

This is a family event, and parents and students (grades 5-12 recommended) are encouraged to watch the film together. A panel discussion and Q&A led by area psychologists will immediately follow the screening.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw this 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," as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, 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.

Westlake Council of PTAs consists of 8 local PTAs organized under the authority of Ohio PTA for the purpose of promoting conference, communications, leadership development, and the coordination of the efforts of its member PTAs. The Westlake Council and its member PTAs fundraise for programs like this movie screening in many ways, including membership drives and fundraising events.

Mary Essig

2016-2017 Westlake Council of PTAs President

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