Screen Time Event at John F Ross in Guelph (April 23, 2020)

Posted March 1, 2020


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.  Come and join us Thursday, April 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the John F. Ross CVI – E.L. Fox Auditorium, 21 Meyer Drive, Guelph. Admission is free, but tickets do need to be secured in advance by visiting

This free event will present two documentary films (SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age and Screenagers and NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience) followed by a discussion moderated by Sylvie Smith, an addictions counselor at Homewood Health Centre.


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) was the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions to help youth and their families find their way in a world with instant access to screen time. In Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience (2019, 69 minutes), the filmmaker 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 the context of our current screen-filled society. In particular she explores the issue of how as parents and educators we can empower teens to overcome challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

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