The West St. Petersburg Community Library is offering a free viewing of “Screenagers: Growning Up in the Digital Age” on November 8, in the Library Community Room. The film is about the ongoing struggles of young people using and abusing the technology available today. The event is from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. and refreshments will be provided by the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Parent, Teacher, and Student Association (PTSA).
Delaney Ruston created the film when she found herself in a predicament with her kids about their “screen time.” They were spending too much time on their phones. She made the discovery that this was a wide-spread issue of current times, and decided it was time to address the issue.
Ruston recorded her own family as well as other families, showing off the stories of people going through exactly what she had gone through, as well as stories of internet addiction, social media, and video games. “It was an incredible eye opener to me,” said Kirsten R.C., a New York parent who had watched the film. “Most that was presented was not new to me, but the way it was presented got totally under my skin and pointed out exactly what we are dealing with in my family. I thank you so much for sharing; this already has brought changes into our life.”
By SOPHIE OJDANIC
SPCHS Student Journalist