NORTH TAMPA — Raising children and youth in our technologically advanced society is a challenge for most caregivers, who struggle to understand the effects and how to set limits on screen time. Today's children are the first to be raised since the invention of the smart phone, and its influence can be felt everywhere.
In that vein, Hillel Academy invites children and youths in grade five and higher, and their parents, to participate in a discussion of the topic and free viewing of the award-winning film, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, at 6 p.m. Tuesday . The event is open to all students and parents, not just those at Hillel Academy. Light refreshments will be offered at 6 p.m. at Hillel, 2020 W. Fletcher Ave. with the movie following at 6:30 p.m. next door at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave.
Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and delves into the messy family conflicts over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can best empower young people to navigate the digital world. More information can be found at screenagersmovie.com.
This event is recommended for parents, teachers and other concerned adults, as well as students in fifth grade and above with caregivers. Dr. Wendy B. Rice, licensed psychologist and founder of Rice Psychology Group, will moderate the discussion. More information about Rice can be found at ricepsychology.com.