Film to focus on kids’ use of digital devices

‘Screenagers’ documentary will be shown Aug. 29 in Ozaukee High auditorium
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

In an effort to reinforce appropriate use of digital devices and emphasize the dangers of their overuse by schoolchildren, the Northern Ozaukee School District is hosting a screening of the documentary film “Screenagers” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the Ozaukee High School/Middle School auditorium.

According to  the film’s web site:

“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.”

The screening is free and open to students, parents and school staff and will be shown as part of the schools’ open house and Chromebook Deployment, when students are given their school tablets, can go to their lockers and meet their teachers. 

The evening begins at 4 p.m. and will include orientation for sixth graders and families new to the district.

Ozaukee Middle School Principal Charlie Schwartz said the 68-minute award-winning movie “gives us some strategies to set parameters for our children” when it comes to use of cell phones, tablets, video games and other devices.

NOSD Supt. Dave Karrels said the issue of how to use digital devices is a vital one.

“This is important for parents and staff because access to technology in our world today is unprecedented.  At NOSD we are offering first class technology to our students, while emphasizing common sense and appropriate use. 

“We see value in using technology but also teaching important people skills like looking people in the eyes when you speak, conversational skills and how to effectively interview for a job. These are life skills that are extremely valuable for our young people.”

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