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Screenagers: Next Chapter
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7 pm
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Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with SCREENAGERS NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience -- a film that examines the science behind teen's emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age -- Delany Ruston's award-winning film shown at Landmark in 2016-- was the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions. Screened more than 8,000 times (and counting) to 4 million people in more than 70 countries, it has been featured on PBS NewsHour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and more. What started as a personal story grew into a national movement, helping millions of youth and their families find their way in a world with instant access to screen time.

In SCREENAGERS NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in SCREENAGERS NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens' mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.

Film length 69 minutes. Discussion to follow.

Panel in formation:

DAWN BERKOWITZ-ADER is the Founder & President of GAALS: Girls Athletics And Life Skills and PAALS: Physical Activities And Life Skills. These organizations enhance children's physical, social, emotional, and mental well-being through a unique, holistic approach that Dawn developed, one that uses active games to spark collaborative conversations, enabling participants to reflect on their emotions and experiences - in context. Dawn has empowered thousands of children and young adults, leading a wide variety of programs that strengthen character, confidence and the critical life skills needed to thrive.

DR. STACEY LESSANS is a Clinical Psychologist with specialties in stress, anxiety and depression. In her individual work with patients, Dr. Lessans provides patients with practical, tailored strategies and tools to reduce their anxiety, lift their moods and improve their relationships. Dr. Lessans has been talking about technology in our lives at seminars and recently held an event on teaching parents effective ways to team with their children both on and off technology. She is passionate about helping people find the balance between the benefits of technology, while also finding calm amongst it.


DR. MICHAEL HYNES is an educator, scholar and thought leader, Michael Hynes serves as the Superintendent of Schools in Port Washington. His mission is to spread the message of the importance of a holistic approach to educating children. He emphasizes the importance of play and recess in schools and yoga and mindfulness in the classroom. He's also a public school advocate and university lecturer and has published numerous articles and been featured on several podcasts on school leadership. Hynes has focused his work on transforming schools by tapping into Potential Based Education, which focuses on the significance of social, emotional, physical and cognitive development for students.

Co-sponsored with GAALS, PAALS and Parent Resource Center.

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