Teenagers: On a Screen near You

The Movie “Screenagers” is Coming to PFHS

“Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” outlines the issues of internet overuse among today’s teenagers, as well as the challenges both individuals and families may face due to internet addiction.  Today’s teenagers spend an average of 6.5 hours on digital devices, and the internet addiction of millennials has had a negative impact on their performance in school, self-esteem, and relationships.  In a sympathetic, non-accusatory tone, this movie provides insightful ways for parents to raise their kids as empowered by technology and not a slave to it.  

Written and directed by Delaney Ruston, “Screenagers” was written to address the modern issue of digital screen overuse.  Screenings of this movie are taking place all across the country and Potomac Falls High School is partaking in this national event.  On Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) is hosting the event, which will be free in order to encourage more to attend.  “We could have run the screening as a fund-raiser but so believe in its message that we are offering it free-of-charge as a service,” said Helen Chang, member of the PTSO.

After initially hearing about the movie from a parent, the PTSO researched “Screenagers” by watching clips from news programs and talk shows.  They found the message of the movie both important and relevant to the parents and students of PFHS.  “This movie is important because it highlights not just the amount of time children (and adults) dedicate to screen time but it also delves into the medical aspects of how screen time affects our brains as well as offering concrete ideas on how we can manage our screen usage,” said Chang.

The official trailer can be found here: https://vimeo.com/145826333 

Website for the documentary:  www.screenagersmovie.com