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Teens and screen time subject of film, discussion

From the film, “Screenagers: Growing up in Digital World.” From the film, “Screenagers: Growing up in Digital World.” Raising children in the age of the internet and smart phones can be a challenge, and many parents struggle to understand the effects of this technology and how to set limits on screen time.

To better understand the issues involved, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties and the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County will present the movie, Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age. Congregation Beth Shalom’s Rabbi Danielle Upbin, a mother of four, will lead a discussion following the movie.

The free program will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the mid-Pinellas location of Empath Health’s Gathering Place, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, beginning at 3 p.m.

Middle school and high school students and their parents are urged to attend. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary pizza dinner.

Screenagers has been screened more than 6,000 times to two million people in more than 50 countries around the world. Last year, the movie was shown at the Hillel Academy in Tampa.

It is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer families proven solutions that work to get teens to cutback on their screen time.

Some of the movie’s surprising – or may be not so surprising – statistics show that kids spend on average 6.5 hours a day on screens not including classroom or homework and boys spend on average the equivalent of 1.5 days on video games every week.

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston decided to make Screenagers when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about the issue. As a director, Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others – revealing stories of conflicts over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. The stories include Hannah, a 14-year old victim of social media bullying who tried to hide her social media use from her mom, and Andrew, whose love of video games, turned into an addiction taking him from earning straight As to flunking out of college.

Registration for the Oct. 14 program is required. For more information, or to register for this event, contact Maxine Kaufman, Federation’s director of arts, culture, and education, at

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