Too Much Screen Time: How Do We Manage It?

Mary Ellen Eady, MPA

November, 2017

 

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

 

Many people both teenagers and adults struggle with the attraction of electronic devices. As parents it is hard to know when to say when. The average child in America spends more time consuming electronic media than going to school, with many teenagers going online “almost constantly.” And parents aren’t necessarily being good role models. A British study showed that while six in ten parents worried that their children spend too much time in front of a screen, seven in ten children worry that their parents are the ones who are plugged in and tuned out.

 

According to filmmaker, “This is being touted as the Parenting Issue of our time”. Tech on its own is not bad, but it is bad when it’s out of balance. Teenagers spend up to 7 hours a day in front of a screen- be it watching television or online videos, playing games or using social media, according to a study by San Francisco’s Common Sense Media. More than 90% of teens go online on a daily basis, with nearly a quarter using the internet almost constantly.

 

Parents continually struggle with how to handle tech conflict in the household. Through stories and insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston reveals how screen time impacts children’s development, and offers solutions on how adults can empower children to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

 

Watch the Trailer

 

Tickets:

Adults $8

Children 10 and older- Free

Children under 10- This film is not suitable for children under 10

 

Upcoming film viewings and panel discussions:

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 7:00-9:00pm TICKETS

The Friends School of Atlanta

862 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 7:00-9:00PM TICKETS

Emory University Center for Ethics

1531 Dickey Drive Atlanta, GA 30322

 

For more information contact Mary Ellen Eady at Emory WorkLife Resource Center 404-727-4177.