Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sounding the Alarm About Kids and Screen Time

Southlake parents will not want to miss a special screening of the film Screenagers hosted by S.P.A.R.K (Students and Parents Against Risks to Our Kids), the Southlake Police Department and Carroll ISD on Monday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marq, Southlake. This parent’s only event is FREE to the public.

The film focuses on the amount of time kids spend looking at screens on devices like iPhones, computers, laptops, television and digital games. Did you know the average time kids spend looking at screens amounts to 6.5 hours a day? Mental health experts and educators are sounding the alarm along with some local police departments. Southlake Police Chief James Brandon says, “The effects of screen time can have an ever greater negative impact on teens and tweens. It can also lead to troubling behavior including bullying, sexting, and other harmful conduct.”

The film Screenagers offers an inside look at how tech time is impacting kids’ development as well as solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. The film has been featured in major newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post and on top rated TV shows such as Good Morning America and the Today Show.

In today’s busy world it’s difficult to monitor the amount of time teens and tweens spend looking at various screens. The viewing of the film, and subsequent discussion at the October S.P.A.R.K. meeting, will provide tips and solutions to help parents balance the amount of time children spend on computers, iPhones, and gaming screens.

Screenagers is being shown in communities all across the country in hopes of inspiring communities to work together to address this growing problem. Again, the screening of the film will be Monday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Marq, Southlake. It’s FREE to the public.

If you would like more information about the film and its director please click here.


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