Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age

Healthwise: Marty Groves with StarCare on 'Screenagers'

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It’s not easy for parents to cut back on screen time when technology is exploding with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and hundreds of other apps that appeal to kids and teens. But a documentary gives parents the ammunition to better manage screen time by offering good reasons - backed by science –with some solutions too.

The film is called “Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age.”

The vfilm uses comments from all sorts of professionals and parents. Often, they are both. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, says “The young brain can oscillate back and forth very quickly but it comes at a cost.”

Dr. Sherry Turkle , Professor of Psychology at M.I.T adds, “What’s extraordinary about the studies on multi-tasking is that even though you’re doing worse and worse on everything you’re doing, you feel as though you’re doing better and better."

We also hear from students in the documentary. One explains, “I get so distracted by my phone. It’s hard to listen to a teacher and understand what they’re saying.”

The one hour documentary is sponsored by the Community Youth Development Program at StarCare Specialty Health Systems. Marty Groves says as part of that program, they are providing a free screening for parents, teens or anyone who works with young people to help them understand how to better use the digital world, rather than fall victim to what it can do.

She says, “You know we all tend to go to a restaurant and hand that phone over to the children. And there’s a cause and effect. A child throws a tantrum and we give them a phone. So we’re creating a lot of addictive behavior in our phone usage.” She says parents are encouraged to bring their teens to the movie. Some of the themes in the movie include the use of screens in school, boys and video games, girls and social medial and the risk of addiction.

'Screenagers’ is a free screening at the Legacy Event Center on April 25th from 6:00 to 8:00. That’s at 1500 14th Street. But seating is limited. CLICK HERE to reserve a seat.

Also or if you’d like to arrange the documentary for a showing at your own school or business, that’s possible too. Contact Kaley Daniel, Corporate Communications Director, at kdaniel@starcarelubbock.org or (806) 766-0281 or (806) 441-1884.

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