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Screenagers (Geelong)

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can
empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Q&A panel
Lael Stone has spent the last 14 years working in Childbirth Education and postnatal care, working with couples through pregnancy, birth and the first few years of parenting. She is the Creator and Director of the About Birth Online Education Program, a pioneering way to learn about birth and early parenting. She is also a certified Aware Parenting Instructor and runs regular groups for mothers as well as workshops and private sessions for parents who are looking to create more connection and awareness in raising their children. In the last 5 years Lael has been teaching Sex Education to high school students and working with teenagers on all aspects of sexuality and wellbeing. Lael has just launched 'The Connection Program' a pioneering program for teenage girls that explores all components of puberty, sexuality, relationships and sense of self. She is the mother to 3 big kids - 2 of them who are teenagers and she is currently putting all her research into practice with them! Her passion is to create wellness in families through connection, communication and education.

Dr Nicole Britnell, B.App.Sc.(Human Biology) B.App.Sc.(Clinical Sc.) B.Chiropractic Sc.
During Nicole's seventeen years in practice as a Chiropractor, she has noticed the troubling trend of poor posture associated with technology use. As an expert in how our posture affects our health, Nicole loves to share strategies for how we can use technology without letting our devices cause us damage.

About the event
Through thought-provoking events that inspire action, and using the power of film to illuminate the issues of our time, Suburban Sandcastles is a movement for people seeking to live with their minds opened by wonder, not closed by belief. Join us at The Potato Shed in Drysdale, Geelong, for a nourishing meal, wholefood snacks, beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors. There's also great prizes in our raffle thanks to our exhibitors and generous local businesses.

Event program
6pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
7pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes

Earlier Event: September 13
Screenagers (Bayside Melb)
Later Event: October 18
All The Rage (Bayside Melbourne)