Free screening of "Screenagers" followed by Q&A Session
On Thursday, Jan. 17, Georgia Southern University College of Education (COE) will host a free screening of “Screenagers,” an award-winning film about the impact of the digital age on children. The screening, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Ogeechee Theatre, located in the Student Union on the Armstrong Campus.
The documentary attempts to address how families can minimize the harmful effects and find balance of the use of digital devices. Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston decided to make “Screenagers” when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about “screen time,” or the time spent looking at digital devices including but not limited to cell phones, tablets, computers and television.
According to Ruston, children spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on screens not including classroom or homework screen time. She also notes that some recent studies show that screen time increases dopamine production and causes behavior that mimics addiction.
COE professor Regina Rahimi, Ed.D., explained that the film highlights topics that are very relevant and timely for teachers, principals, parents and others working with today's youth.
“While technology becomes more and more a part of our children's lives, we have to have important conversations about issues such as: the impact of screen time on development, how to balance the use of technology at home and in the classroom, how to protect our kids from internet dangers, how to educate kids about the potential perils of social media, etc,” Rahimi said.
Following the screening, the College will host a question and answer session with expert panelists discussing the movie themes of the use of digital devices in schools, video games and social media. Panel members will include: Ruth Outz-Moore, Ph.D., National Certified Counselor; Lucas Jensen, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology at Georgia Southern; Wendy Marshall, instructional technology program manager for Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.
This screening is the first in a series of five events that will take place on the Armstrong Campus during the spring 2019 semester. The series is being offered at no charge to students or the community as a result of a Campus Life Enrichment Committee grant written and received by Rahimi and fellow COE faculty members Kathleen Burke-Fabrikant, Ph.D. and David Owens, Ph.D.
The additional screenings will include: “Bully” on Feb. 12; “The Cartel” on March 5; “The School in the Cloud” on March 27; and “Elementary Genocide” on April 16.
Thursday, January 17 at 6:00pm
Student Union (Armstrong Campus), Ogeechee Theatre
11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419