Is your elementary aged child begging for a smartphone? Is your tween glued to Snapchat or their endless Instagram feed? Is your teen suffering from sleep deprivation? This movie and discussion may help you and your family navigate the digital age.
Parenting University is a free workshop for parents and caretakers. This session will feature a viewing of the film Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience followed by solution focused discussion and activities.
- Saturday, Oct. 19
- UNM-LA Campus, Building 2
- 8:30-9 a.m. Sign in and light breakfast
- 9-11:30 a.m. Film screening and program
Free childcare available for ages 0-10
Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.
In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. 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.
Facts from Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER:
- Since 2011, there has been a 59 percent increase in teens reporting depressive symptoms
- Teens say their main way of coping with stress is to turn to a screen—this is concerning for many reasons and we need to ensure they have other coping skills
- State of the art therapies, including mindfulness, exposure therapy, and behavior activation, are being used to successfully treat anxiety and depression and yet many teens and adults don’t know that these proven interventions exist
- When teens suppress emotions, research shows it negatively impacts their schoolwork and other cognitive tasks
- A recent study shows that when parents jump in, their stress goes down, but their kid’s stress goes up
Attend this informative session to find ways to enhance your parenting strategies and to foster youth in the face of struggles. Parenting University is sponsored by Los Alamos JJAB and Los Alamos Public Schools.