WORTHINGTON - A Sunday afternoon program hosted by Love INC of Worthington and local churches will focus on a common issue facing families everywhere - and it’s not directly related to faith.
A screening of the film “Screenagers” will begin at 3 p.m. at Max 493, located at 1303 Oxford St. in Worthington. After the approximately 60-minute movie, attendees will have the opportunity to have small-group discussions about the film and its subject matter.
“Screenagers,” as described on the website www.screenagersmovie.com, is “an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.”
Delaney Ruston, a documentary filmmaker and primary care physician, directed and appears in “Screenagers,” which was released in 016.
“Part of our mission is the transformation of individuals in the community,” Love INC Executive Director Greg Wede said. “This is not about faith, but helping parents and kids with navigating the technological things that are out there.”
“Screenagers” was not a film released in theaters, Love INC Warehouse Coordinator Vandenn Krouch added, explaining that the intent of the film was to have people watch it together and then talk about it.
“We know there are a lot of families dealing with the idea of what is a good balance and how to approach this,” Krouch said of their youths’ screen time. “This allows us to bring an education piece into the community. We want to bring this to the community because even if parents control what their kids watch at home, they can’t control what they see at school or what they see with their friends.”
Krouch and Wede pointed out that “Screenagers” will touch upon, as Krouch said, “the effects of the constant transition of flashes” and not focus so much on what youths are accessing on their screens. Other topics include gender differences when it comes to screen time, and how parents model their behavior with technology toward their children. An individual from Southwest Crisis Center is also attending and participating in discussions.
The film will be shown following a brief introduction, and small-group discussions will consist of between four and six people. Wede emphasized that conversations won’t be concerned with right vs. wrong ideas about screen time, as opposed to sharing viewpoints and experiences.
“We're excited and we hope people take advantage of this,” Wede said. “One of our struggles is that people tend to think of Love INC as helping needing people. We’re about utilizing our churches to transform the lives of all people.”
Refreshments will be available during the event.