"Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" to be shown at Hatfield Elementary School on September 26


     On Wednesday, September 26, the Hatfield Public School District will be hosting a screening of the documentary "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" for members of the Hatfield community and the surrounding areas. The documentary examines the effects of social media, video games, and internet addiction on the academic and family lives of teenagers, and has been shown in schools and communities across the country in order to teach parents about controlling screen time, limiting internet access, and how to help their children navigate in a digital world. The film was created by documentary maker and primary care physician Delaney Ruston, who uses personal experiences within her own family to examine the effects of “tech time” on mental health and development. The film also features the advice of several other physicians and experts.

     The screening is funded by a grant from the Department of Education and is being cosponsored by “HEADS UP”, a community-based group that sponsors many mental-health related events in the community; including “Waterpalooza” and last year’s trip to Boston in support of the “March for our Lives” event. The screening also supports the Hatfield Elementary School’s  “Wait until 8th” initiative. This initiative, a national movement, encourages parents to take a pledge that they will wait until their child is in eighth grade before getting him or her a smartphone. Following the movie, there will be a community forum facilitated by the Northwest District Attorney’s office.

     This event will take place at the Hatfield Elementary school from 6pm to 8pm. Childcare will be provided by the Smith Academy National Honor Society. For more information, or to arrange child care, please call the Hatfield Superintendent's office at 413-247-0486.


More information on "Screenagers" can be found by visiting : www.screenagersmovie.com/