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Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age 

When: Fri., May 6, 7 p.m. 2016

FRIDAY, MAY 6

SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE

I know I'm not alone among parents in wondering whether letting Baby Einstein DVDs entertain my toddlers set the stage for their later connection, sometimes alarmingly deep, to digital entertainment. In Screenagers, award-winning documentarian Delaney Ruston examines the effects of social media, video games, and other screen-based phenomena from a perspective that is both personal and scientific. Assessing our kids' wired environment, the film posits that tweens and teens are at risk of becoming spectators in their own lives, scrolling through rather than taking risks, thinking deeply, or exploring the road not taken—heretofore regular stops on the road to adulthood. The film also offers strategies for guiding young people toward a sensible balance of the digital and the actual. The screening, followed by a Q-and-A, is apropos for its host, Emerson Waldorf School, whose core philosophy emphasizes an appreciation for the natural world. —David Klein

VARSITY THEATRE, CHAPEL HILL 7 p.m., $12, www.varsityonfranklin.com

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