Sold-out ‘Screenagers’ success

The final installment of the 2018 IGS Community Learning Program, a screening of Screenagers: Growing up in the digital age took place earlier in the week.

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston learned that the average child 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.

Screenagers dives deep into how technology impacts children’s development and the challenges of parenting in the digital world.

Feedback on Screenagers from IGS parent Dr Kimberley Pressick-Kilborn:

After watching Screenagers, our family’s conversation this evening has been about what “mindful” technology use might look like for each of us. Our next challenge is practising that.

As a parent who, like many of us, is able to work more flexibly because of anytime-everywhere access to mobile technology, I realise I need to be better at having technology-free time myself.

But it’s been a good conversation for us to have, and to keep having, because I’ve been reminded by Screenagers that my own digital technology use needs to be more conscious too.

Top tips from Screenagers for me as a parent:

  • We need to negotiate, reinforce and model clear boundaries regarding technology use.
  • Young people need to learn and be supported to self-regulate their technology use.
  • Encourage your child’s involvement in lots of after school activities that don’t focus on gaming and social media to occupy their time.
  • Being with people and enjoying real life contact is vital to us as a human society.

Learn more about the 2018 IGS Community Learning Program.