Documentary details what to do about too much screen time


Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.
“In SCREENAGERS, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance,” according to the website.

Screenings of this 2016 documentary are appropriate for parents and their children ages 10 and older, and are available only through community events.  State Bank of Georgia and Counterpane School in Fayetteville are sponsoring these screenings so they can be shown free to the public.
The two free screenings are Sept. 13 and 22 at Counterpane School, 839 Highway 314 in Fayetteville. Both showings are at 7 p.m.; the film lasts about 70 minutes and a 30-minute discussion will follow.

Parents will receive a guide for family conversations about screen time and family action items to consider. To reserve your free ticket courtesy of State Bank of Georgia and Counterpane School, go to Seating is limited.
For more information about the film, go to and for details about the two September screenings at Counterpane School, call Laura at 770-461-2304.