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2018-03-07 / Local News

Amherst Middle to show ‘Screenagers’ documentary

The Amherst Central will air “Screenagers,” an award-winning documentary, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Amherst Middle School auditorium, 55 Kings Highway.

The film is suitable for children in grades four and older accompanied by a parent. It features personal stories interwoven with scientific studies about the impact of digital devices on children.

According to district officials, “Screenagers” features families talking about cellphone, social media and video game use as well as conversations with high school teachers and students.

Directed by physician and filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston, the film emerged from her own life when she found herself constantly struggling with her two children about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media and gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues.

The “Screenagers” event is sponsored by the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse with a grant from the Jolly Boys of Williamsville. Co-hosts are Amherst Central High School and the Middle/ High PTSA. Preregistration is suggested at www.amherstschools.org/screenagers.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to see “Screenagers.” While the film is appropriate for grades four and up, the conversations it generates are appropriate and necessary for all ages.

There is no cost to attend.

“It’s important for families to see the documentary to become more aware of the impact technology use has and be more self-aware of how much time is spent on technology,” said Daniela Wolfe, a social worker at Amherst Central High School and one of the organizers who helped bring the screening to Amherst.

Organizers added that they hope parents take away tips on how to start a conversation as a family about technology use and what guidelines and limits will work best.

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