BAR HARBOR — The documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” will be shown at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.
The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion with Ian Cameron, a lecturer in adolescent development at the University of Maine at Orono. This is the kickoff of a series of programs about families in the digital age and the effect of screen time on children and teens. The programs are organized by the library, the YWCA of Mount Desert Island and the Mount Desert Island YMCA.
When physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens, she wondered about the impact of that on people, families and communities. She tries to answer that question in “Screenagers,” which reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers tips for how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. This documentary not only reflects the dilemmas parents face with raising their kids in an age where screens are everywhere, but it also serves as a conversation starter for parents and kids of all ages.
Cameron is a lecturer in human development and family studies. His focus is on human development in regards to adolescence and emerging adulthood in the field of identity formation, self-efficacy and educational systems.
The film’s creators recommend that parents and teens or tweens watch the film together and share perspectives on the subject. Additionally, this documentary is not just for parents with screens and teenagers in their lives; everyone can benefit from the resources and conversations found in this film. Teens, parents of toddlers or elementary-aged children, grandparents, educators and people who care about the kids in the community are encouraged to join in this community discussion.
For more about the program series, contact Jesup Program Director Melinda Rice at 288-4245 or [email protected]