MIDDLEBURY _ ‘Screenagers’ has aired at over 100 locations internationally and is finally making its way to Elkhart County.
The documentary, created by physician, film maker and mother to a teenager daughter, Delaney Ruston, touches on the issue of raising teens and preteens in the digital age. Ruston created the documentary after struggling with the issue of when to get her daughter a phone.
“She put together this documentary that really explores, goes pretty deep into those issues around social media, living in the digital age in general, constantly being connected, and the impact of that on children- teenagers and preteens specifically,” Andrew Hershberger, Marketing and Branding Team Leader, said.
The free screening will be held at the auditorium of Northridge High School, 56779 Northridge Drive, Middlebury, from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Donna Pangburn of Triple P and Pathways to Parenting will lead a group discussion and a question-and-answer session after the screening.
“We’re just offering it as an awareness because most people won’t choose that to watch on tv if it’s shown on t." Jane Allen, Middlebury superintendent, said. "They won’t rent it- but in a controlled environment with people there that understand, they’ve been trained to talk about things and answer questions, that, to me, is the best environment for us to have a venue like this for folks who want to understand more about what screen time does and how it can be controlled better or in a different way.”
Triple P of Elkhart County, the group that is bringing the film, focuses on positive approaches to parenting.
“We know it’s a big issue around here,” Hershberger said. “We thought, bringing this here, to Elkhart County, finding a place to air it and let parents come for free, would be a good way to have that conversation. We hope that people will come and get the information that they want and start asking those questions.”
The documentary is being distributed in such a way that communities around the country are being invited to put on these public viewings and then have some kind of discussion around it so there is maximum impact, Hershberger explained.
“It’s very thoughtful about this stuff, it’s not prescriptive. It’s about exploring these things with your kids.”
To RSVP for this screening, please visit www.tinyurl.com/NorthridgeScreenagers, click 'Register Now,' and follow the prompts.
For more information on the ‘Screenagers’ documentary, visit www.screenagersmovie.com.