When I was pregnant with my first child, Owen, I had firmly made up my mind to never, ever allow him to come even close to a screen. I resolved that my child would not be the child who held onto a tablet or smartphone for dear life. I was sure that my child would live in a (practically) screen-free house.
Except. . .Dave and I both had smartphones. And we both used them, regularly and repeatedly. And because our world is saturated with screens, Owen basically came out of the womb knowing how to swipe a smartphone. In fact, he's always been able to do more with my phone than I can.
So, here we are, 5 years later. And while Dave and I have kept up our resolve to limit Owen's (and Caroline's) device usage, we admit that they have more screen time than we envisioned they would before we became parents.
Enter "Screenagers": a film for all teens, parents, grandparents, teachers, and those who love our young ones and want to see them grow up healthy with diversified interests and skills. This film explores one parent's firsthand experience with her 12-year-old daughter, as the family figures out together what smartphone and screen usage looks like for them. Additionally, viewers get an inside peek into what teenagers really think and feel about screen time, as well as how it affects them on a medical and psychological level.
We are excited to offer this film screening at Grace on Sunday, April 15, at 2:30pm in Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Our time together will be enhanced by the presence of Grace members Debbie Conley and Dave Jezl, who are child psychologists and who will offer their own professional feedback in a panel discussion and Q&A following the film.
We look forward to offering this film to Grace Church & School members, as well as to our surrounding community. All are welcome!