Two Films and Discussion Address Teens and Screens

GREENSBORO – Two films about the impact of screen technology on children and families will be offered for free streaming at home this October, along with a virtual discussion led by local mental health counselors.

Greensboro Free Library, partnering with WonderARTS and the Highland Center for the Arts, will host this virtual screening and discussion of the movies “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” and “Screenagers Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience.”

The two films will be available to stream at home from October 1 through October 15, and free tickets for home viewing can be reserved at the event website: Greensboro.eventcombo.com. This website includes a link to register for the virtual Zoom discussion and Q&A with school-based mental health counselor Katina Idol, scheduled for Thursday, October 14, at 7 p.m. The library has permission to host 300 viewers over the two-week period. For questions or help registering, please contact Paula Davidson at 533-2531 or greensborofree@gmail.com.In “Screenagers,” physician and filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others struggling with children and screen time. The film exposes the risks of too much screen time, but also reveals multiple approaches for parents and educators to work with children to help them achieve a healthy balance. “Screenagers Next Chapter” moves beyond screen time to address the emotional well-being of teenagers. This film examines the science behind our teenagers’ emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and what can be done in our schools and homes to help teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression. Trailers for the two films can be found at the website Screenagersmovie.com under the About tab.