‘Screenagers’ Documentary Explores Screen Time Impact on Kids

‘Screenagers’ is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids

A penetrating film that brings a critical eye to how digital technology is changing the way children develop and learn will be featured as part of a free public forum on the topic presented by The Independence School later this month.

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions that work.


The film, which runs 68 minutes, will be followed by an informative panel discussion hosted by The Independence School’s Center for Wellness, Innovation and Learning, in collaboration with the The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children and SafeStudents Online.

Participating experts include Dr. Dahra Williams, a consulting psychologist at the school, faculty member Margaret Ann Minihan, Tim Polizzi with SafeStudents Online and Tricia Scott of the Beau Biden Foundation. 

The program takes place Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 pm.

SCREENAGERS has been screened more than 7,000 times to two million people in more than 60 countries around the world. What started out as a personal story for one has grown into an international movement, helping millions of teens and their families navigate growing up in a world with instant access to screens.

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston decided to make SCREENAGERS when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework.

Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.  


As a director, Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others – revealing stories of messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Interwoven into these stories are cutting-edge science and insights from thought leaders Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle and Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on the real changes in the brain when kids are on screens.

SCREENAGERS goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time; it reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required and available online at https://www.TheIndependenceSchool.org/community/screenagers. Middle school students are welcome to attend, but it is recommended that parents of fifth graders use their own discretion.

The Independence School is located at 1300 Paper Mill Road, Newark, DE 19711. 

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