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Eagle River Youth Coalition shows ‘Screenagers,’ Oct. 20

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To date, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” has been viewed by more than 700 groups all over the country and worldwide, fostering thousands of engaging, thought-provoking conversations.

EDWARDS — Have you been keeping up with your snapstreaks? Don't know what that is? No worries, you are not alone.

The Eagle River Youth Coalition's Eat Chat Parent series presents the film "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. at Homestake Peak School in Eagle-Vail. The film discusses how technology impacts the development of teens and preteens and touches on the struggles parents face in monitoring this digital divide. Gain knowledge about the pull of electronic devices and how to embolden your child to self-regulate and improve his or her overall health.

"Screenagers" resonates with parents and kids alike and is a springboard for an ongoing family conversation that needs to take place in order to create a healthier home environment for all involved. One doesn't need to be a kid or parent to attend. Everyone is welcome, especially those who work with children or employ young adults and crave insight into the workings of media-obsessed minds.

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According to Jennifer Jolly's New York Times interview with Dr. Delany Ruston, the director of "Screenagers," in March 2015, screen time remains a topic that's often contentious and downright confusing. Ruston wanted to create a movie that not only informs parents of the negative effects of excessive screen use, but also helps parents encourage self-control strategies with their child.

Ruston's overall goal is to spark a nationwide movement to get everyone from policymakers to parents to watch the movie and then have a "town hall" style conversation afterward about how to best help kids lead more balanced lives.

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Following Ruston's advice, Eagle River Youth Coalition's Eat Chat Parent program has convened a panel of local experts for a post-movie discussion: Charlene Whitney, Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy counselor; Tina Fleishman, Psy.D., clinical psychologist; Paula Cooper, senior student at Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy; and Deputy Josiah Hart, of the Eagle County Sheriff's Office.

"Viewing the documentary is a way to open a conversation between parents and kids," said Lisa Tabb, co-producer and co-executive producer of "Screenagers." "There's a lot out there on the safety and security on the Internet. Development of self, social-emotional issues, real risk of addiction — not so much."

All Eat Chat Parent events include a free dinner, as well as complimentary child care, sponsored by YouthPower365. No food or drink is allowed in the Homestake Peak auditorium, so attendees are asked to arrive at 5:30 p.m. to get dinner in the cafeteria before the movie starts. The movie, which has Spanish subtitles, will start promptly at 5:45 p.m. in the Homestake Peak auditorium. Questions will be answered until 7:30 p.m.

To date, "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" has been viewed by more than 700 groups all over the country and worldwide, fostering thousands of engaging, thought-provoking conversations. RSVP to Carol Johnson, Eagle River Youth Coalition community engagement coordinator, at cjohnson@eagleyouth.org, or call 970-949-9250.

If you go …

What: “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” an Eat Chat Parent film screening and panel discussion.

When: Thursday, Oct. 20; 5:30 p.m. free dinner, 5:45 p.m. film.

Where: Homestake Peak School, 750 Eagle Drive, Eagle-Vail.

Cost: Free.

More information: RSVP to Carol Johnson, Eagle River Youth Coalition community engagement coordinator, at cjohnson@eagleyouth.org or 970-949-9250.