Movie focuses on impact of screen technology on kids


For The Catholic Messenger

DAVENPORT — St. Paul’s Navigating Technology Together (NTT) will show “Screenagers” on Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Denning Hall of St. Paul the Apostle Parish. The free event is open to parents and educators.

“Screenagers” is a feature documentary that explores the impact of video screen technology on kids and offers parents and families proven solutions. What started out as the filmmaker’s personal story has grown into a national movement, helping millions of teens and their families navigate growing up in a world with instant access to video screens.

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston decided to make Screenagers when she struggled with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues at the present time. Ruston brings to light stories of struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.


Screenagers reveals multiple approaches for parents and educators to work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time. NTT hopes this viewing of Screenagers will bring parents and educators together to start a conversation in the community about how screen time impacts lives and what they can do about it.

NTT’s mission is coming together to support and educate families as they navigate today’s world of technology. The group meets quarterly and is open to all. For more information, email

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