Even without online classes, kids today spend an average of 6.5 hours a day on screens. These days, with distance learning as the new norm, concerns about screen time are top of mind for many parents.
To help address those concerns, the Council on Chemical Abuse (COCA) is hosting an online showing of the film documentary SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in The Digital Age. It will be available on-demand from May 10-23 to all Berks County residents who register online. Registrations are currently being accepted.
In addition to watching the film, all who register can participate in a livestream discussion about teens and technology on Thursday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m. That event will be presented by COCA Prevention Program Manager Jaclyn Steed.
SCREENAGERS is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions that work. It has been screened more than 8,000 times to four million people in more than 70 countries around the world.
The 67-minute film depicts messy struggles that often occur between parents and teens over social media, video games, and academics. It offers solutions for adults seeking to help kids navigate the digital world and find balance.
The Council on Chemical Abuse hosted free community screenings to several Berks County school districts earlier in the school year. However, now that large gatherings are no longer possible, COCA has decided to offer the movie online to all interested residents.
“COCA is committed to providing parents with the tools they need to help their children disconnect from technology. This film helps parents better understand the addictive nature of online games and social media, and also offers solutions that work,” said Steed.
To register or learn more about the film, visit COCA’s website at https://cocaberks.org/screenagers-online/