'Screenagers' free viewing Monday at library

A free public viewing of “Screenagers: Growing Up in The Digital Age” is planned at 7 p.m. Monday at the Fairfield Public Library.

The screening being co-sponsored by the Fairfield Public Library, Maharishi School and Fairfield School District.

The film has been screened more than 6,000 times to 2 million people in more than 50 countries around the world.

Because screen time crosses into all aspects of kids’ lives, “Screenagers” is all about bringing people together to experience the movie and have discussions afterward that promote lasting change. For this reason, the film is not available for home viewing.

“Screenagers” is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions that work. What started out as a personal story for one has grown into a national 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. Hannah is a 14-year old victim of social media bullying who struggled trying to hide her social media use from her mom. Andrew’s love of video games turned into an addiction taking him from earning straight A’s to flunking out of college.

Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, 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.