Screenagers documentaries on April 23rd at John F. Ross

Posted February 19, 2020

Admission is free, but tickets do need to be secured in advance by visiting  

Please see the information below regarding the showing of the Screenagers documentaries on April 23rd at John F. Ross. Seating is limited so click on the link to secure your free tickets.


Thursday, April 23

6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

John F. Ross CVI – E.L. Fox Auditorium

21 Meyer Drive, Guelph

Are screens the new smoking?  Parents and students are invited to learn more about the many impacts of screens on our lives and how we might foster a healthier relationship with them.  This free event will present two documentary films (SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age and Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER:  Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience) followed by a discussion moderated by Sylvie Smith, an addictions counselor at Homewood Health Centre.

Admission is free, but tickets do need to be secured in advance by visiting  


Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston was compelled to make a movie when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.

SCREENAGERS: Growing up in the Digital Age (2016, 67 minutes), Ruston’s award winning film, was the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions. Screened more than 8,000 times (and counting) to 4 million people in more than 70 countries, it has been featured on PBS NewsHour, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and more. What started as a personal story grew into a national movement, helping millions of youth and their families find their way in a world with instant access to screen time.

In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience (2019, 69 minutes), we follow Ruston as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional well being. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

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