Come to the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. for a screening of the documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” followed by a facilitated discussion with Ian Cameron, a lecturer in adolescent development from the University of Maine. This is the kick off of a series of programs about families in the digital age, and the effect of screen time on children and teens with the Jesup Memorial Library, the YWCA Mount Desert Island and the Mount Desert Island YMCA.
When physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens, she wondered about the impact of that on people, families and communities. She tries to answer that question in “Screenagers,” which 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. This documentary not only reflects the dilemmas parents face with raising their kids in an age where screens are everywhere, but it also serves as a conversation starter for parents and kids of all ages.
Cameron, who will lead the discussion afterward, is a lecturer in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Maine, Orono. His focus is on human development in regards to adolescence and emerging adulthood in the field of identity formation, self-efficacy, and educational systems.
The film’s creators recommend that parents and teens or tweens watch the film together and share perspectives on the subject. Additionally, this documentary is not just for parents with screens and teenagers in their lives; everyone can benefit from the resources and conversations found in this film. Whether you are a teen, a parent of a toddler or elementary-aged child, a grandparent, an educator, or just someone who cares about the kids in your community, join in this community discussion.
To find out more about “Screenagers,” and to see a trailer for the film visit screenagersmovie.com. For more information about any of the programs in the series, contact the Jesup Program Director Melinda Rice at 207-288-4245 or email@example.com.
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609