Screenagers - Growing Up in the Digital Age

Screenagers - Growing up in the Digital Age (Movie/Discussion)



7pm in the Resource Centre (FSS Library)

Are you watching kids SCROLL through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Did you know that Canadian kids spend an average of 9 hours in front of screens (TVs, cell phones, tablets and video games) EACH DAY

Many studies have proven that kids are spending less time being physically active, not getting enough sleep and there is an increase in eyesight problems in young people.

This one hour award-winning film probes into family life and depicts messy struggles over social media and video games with lack of attention to academics. Through poignant and funny stories, along with 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 maintain a healthy life balance. After seeing the film, many reported that they felt more confident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time.

The film will be followed by our guest speaker Sian Phillips  Ph.D.,C.Psych. (a local clinical psychologist). She will speak on "The impact of Technology on Mental Health". 

A question and answer session will follow.

This event is the result of a collaboration between parent councils at Frontenac Secondary School and R.G. Sinclair Public School. The film will be held at both schools on separate nights to accommodate those who cannot make it on one of the nights. This event has been funded by the Ministry of Education Parent Reaching Out Grant.

TWO SCREENAGERS posters are provided (one in English and one in French) -- see below  Note:  The event will be in English.

Screenagers English

Screenagers French


Parents, Guardians and the general public are invited to the 1 hour screening of the award winning film SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE.  Its goal is to give solutions to parents and guardians to help their kids navigate the world and still maintain a healthy life balance.

After the film, our guest speaker will talk for approximately 15 minutes on the topic of The Impact of Technology on Mental Health”. Afterwards, there will be a question and answer session where she will answer questions from her talk as well as those directed at the film.

Our Guest Speaker will be Sian Phillips:

Sian Phillips is a psychologist in private practice in Kingston.  She received her Ph.D. from University of Toronto in 1996 and has been working with children and families in Kingston since that time.  She specializes in the assessment of trauma and attachment difficulties and works with children, foster parents and adoptive parents using Daniel Hughes model of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy ®©.  This exciting way of working helps the parent understand what lies behind difficult behaviour and to provide a safe, empathic relationship in which the child can begin to explore traumatic, hurtful and shameful experiences and importantly learn to experience themselves differently.  Sian is a certified DDP therapist, consultant and trainer.  She is also an adjunct professor at Queens, supervising students in their clinical placements.  Currently she is trying to help the education system better understand children who have experienced chronic stress and has developed a specialized school program to work with children who cannot manage the regular school system due to their trauma and attachment difficulties.  She is also consulting with local school boards to develop trauma informed schools and completing research examining the efficacy of a DDP approach in schools.  She has two chapters in Art Becker Weidman’s book "The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Case Book" (2011).

NOTE:  To download the posters and "bio" information  provided above plus access additional information about monitoring and controlling screen-time, use the links provided below.

Resources for Parents on Kids Screen Time.pdf

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/UserFiles/Servers/Server_361549/File/Screenagers film 2018 poster French.pdf