Viewing of Screenagers

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Presenters: Dr. Gerta Bardhoshi, Bengi Baran,  and  Jonathan Platt is going to facilitate a discussion afterward. I'll open the session.

Description: Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid 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—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS 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.

Learning Objectives: 1) Participants will learn about the connection between high risk social media use and youth mental health, 2) Participants will learn about the connection between social media use and sleep disruption, 3) Participants will learn strategies for establishing healthy boundaries between youth and social media use.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Iowa Theater
125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52245
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