The nation-wide documentary ‘Screenagers’ will be held at the Jamie Foxx Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

A nation-wide documentary that explores the struggles and implications of growing up in the digital age will be held at the Jamie Foxx Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

The free screening of the documentary is called ‘Screenagers’. All parents and children are encouraged to attend the event as it is geared toward anyone who deals with youth or have concerns for youth growing up in the digital age and may find the information from the event enlightening.

The documentary is under the direction of Kaufman County Child Fatality Review Team and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

“The Kaufman County Child Fatality Team is delighted to have been selected to bring this 68 minute documentary to Kaufman County,” Sharna Ellis, who is the Administrative Assistant to Chief of Police for the Kaufman Police Department and is an organizer of the event, said.

As more and more, our lives revolve around technology, parents, grandparents and teens themselves struggle to seek a balance. Parents’ concerns over social media, video games,

academics and internet addiction are evident in most discussion groups among parents who want to give their children every advantage they can but worry about the impact on youth, both physical and mental health.

“I had an opportunity to view this documentary and found it to be very helpful in understanding why society is driven by the overuse of screen time, while offering positive and creative alternatives that promote balance,” Ellis said.

‘Screenagers’ is a 68-minute documentary with open dialog from teens, tweens and adults.

It is intended to spark discussion and open dialog. Kaufman County is one of few counties in Texas to receive the license to show the film. There is no cost to the attendees. Everyone is invited to stay after the screening for open discussion.

“After the viewing, there we will be Social Workers available that will lead the audience in an open discussion based on the documentary,” Ellis said “Teens and Tweens, 10 and older, are invited to participate. This is the perfect opportunity for parents and youth to have this discussion before school begins.”

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