screenagers

TERRELL, Texas — Screenagers, a documentary exploring parental struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction, will play at the Jamie Foxx Performing Arts Center in Terrell on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Parents and their children are invited to the free showing of Screenagers followed by a discussion for both parents and kids facilitated by Katheryn Chaney, MSW, LCSW-S, from the Children's Advocacy Center for Kaufman County.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Jamie Foxx Performing Arts Center located at 400 Poetry Road in Terrell.

Screenagers dives into one of the biggest parenting issues of our time with young people spending on average 6.5 hours a day on cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices — not including the use of screens at school or for homework.

"Physician and mother of two, Dr. Delaney Ruston, became interested in this issue when her preteen started begging for a smart phone," reads a description of the movie. "Dr. Ruston saw other parents equally confused on how to balance technology with a young developing mind. She decided to delve deep into the science behind screen time to understand how it affects young people's minds and development."

"Through personal stories and input from leading researchers, Screenagers sheds light on the impact this screen time is having on kids," continues the description. "The documentary explores how learning, playing, and socializing online affects teens' developing attention span, fragile self-esteem, and moral instincts."

Screenagers also examines the real-world risks of failing in school, social isolation, and digital addiction.

"Ultimately, the film explores solutions to handle screen time and provides parents with tools and educate young people on how to develop self-control and find balance in their digital lives and tools to help."