“Screenagers” film sparks discussion on raising kids in the digital age

Published: Apr. 24, 2019 at 5:38 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - In the digital age, everyone has a difficult time restricting themselves from their tablets, phones and TVs. To help with that, Snipes Elementary school hosted a film Tuesday evening for parents and students to learn how to cope with screen addiction.

It all started when a parent emailed the school’s superintendent and asked if the school could show the movie “Screenagers.” The film dives deep into the topic of how families are struggling in the age of social media, cyber bullying, video games, and how it all impacts academics.

Snipes Elementary Student Support Services Director Kristin Jackson says its not just children that have a hard time disconnecting from their devices.

“We’re just as bad as adults, when we’re in meetings we have them out so we think we’re multitasking but we can only attend to one task at a time,” said Jackson.“We’re all so glued to our tablets and our phones and our TV’s that we tend to ignore each other in the evening so I really like that this event is bringing kids and parents out together.”

The film addressed questions like what sites are important for their children, how they can limit the sites, and what to do if their children are on inappropriate sites.

It also featured suggestions like setting rules for their children such as putting their phone in a specific room in the house at 7:30 p.m. and eating meals without devices.

Jackson said the school has more resources to help parents who are struggling with children and their screens. For example, Coastal Horizons allows parents to schedule a workshop to talk about what they need to know about sexting.

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