Film explores growing up in digital age

Live4Life will host a special event for Macedon Ranges’ parents, carers and school staff as part of National Mental Health Week activities in October.

The event will be held on Thursday 10 October and will include a film screening of Screenagers and a panel discussion.

The film Screenagers looks at the place of screens and social media in the lives of children and young people in today’s society.

It explores the research on the impact of screen use on the wellbeing of young people and features young people sharing their experiences about the place of screens in their day-to-day lives.

Screenagers was produced by a parent in the United States in response to her own concerns and challenges in negotiating screen use with her young family and navigating the digital world.

The panel discussion will focus on the ways families can negotiate screen use to achieve a healthy balance of screen time and screen-free time.

It will include representatives from local primary and secondary schools who will share their experiences within the school environment, and young people who will present the results of a social media survey of Year 8 students across the Macedon Ranges.

The event, from 6pm to 8.30pm, on Thursday 10 October will be held at the Sacred Heart Secondary College Theatre.

Tickets are $5 per adult and free for children and young people aged 18 years and under.

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