Screening ‘Screenagers’

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—Stephanie Rausser

The MVRHS Performing Arts Center is hosting a free screening of the film “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” on Monday, May 15, at 6:30 pm.

Teens and kids are spending more time on their phones than ever before. Filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston wanted to explore what that meant. In this 60-minute documentary, she probes into teens and their digital lives, exploring her own family as well. The film reveals how tech time impacts the development of kids, and offers solutions on how they can better navigate their cyber world.  

The screening is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association, Martha’s VIneyard Regional High School, all Island libraries, and the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force. The documentary and subsequent discussion will explore social media, video gaming, use of screens in academics, and Internet addiction. The film will also explore ways parents can intervene and educate in a way that empowers their teens.

The film looks at family and school dynamics, as well as the role of community support, and provides an opportunity to begin dialogue about screen time on Martha’s Vineyard. The film is not available for streaming, renting, or purchasing, as it is meant to be followed by a discussion, but it is available for screenings nationwide. According to the website, more than 2,000 community and school screenings have occurred so far.