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Screenagers (Bayside Melb)

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.

Casper Pieters, PhD worked as a marine biologist and filmmaker for over 25 years. While his four children attended school, he realized how education struggled to embrace tech. He created a 3-tiered elearning program that encourages students, their parents and teachers to talk with each other via moderated forums about how to be safe, savvy and social online. Realizing the lack of kid literature in the area of Digital Citizenship, he wrote Team Savv-i The 10 Secrets of Cyberspace, which was released at Twitter HQ in San Francisco last year. The character--driven Team Savv-i adventure series will comprise of 11 graphic novels and 6 novels and addresses the full range of age specific Internet issues from Primary to Secondary School.

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 Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice, 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
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel followed by prize raffle
9.00pm event concludes

Earlier Event: August 23
The Magic Pill
Later Event: September 20
Screenagers (Geelong)