Free showing of ‘Screenagers’ documentary coming next week to Granby |

Free showing of ‘Screenagers’ documentary coming next week to Granby

East Grand Middle School will host a showing of the documentary film Screenagers next Thursday at Middle Park High School.
File photo / Lance Maggart |

School officials are asking anyone who plans to attend the event to RSVP at Officials request RSVPs be submitted by January 16. The movie is not recommended for children under the age of 10. Free child care will be provided.

Modern technology has transformed our world and made our lives easier but having easy access to the world’s vast collection of knowledge and entertainment has created a concern for many parents regarding the amount of time their children spend staring at screens.

Next week East Grand Middle School, in conjunction with multiple local partners, will offer a free showing of the documentary “Screenagers” at Middle Park High School. The evening will begin with a free dinner at 6 p.m. with the documentary starting at 7 p.m.

According to physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston an average child today spends roughly six-and-a-half-hours each day looking at screens.

“She wondered about the impact of all this and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time,” reads a synopsis on the film’s website. “Out of this came the documentary Screenagers.”

It is a concern that many local parents know very well.

“I regularly hear form parents with questions and concerns regarding teens and technology,” Jenny Rothboeck, EGMS principal, stated. “These concerns often relate to how to set reasonable boundaries for screen time with their children. I’m excited that we are able to offer a showing of Screenagers, as I believe it will be a really beneficial event for both parents and students.”

East Grand Middle School, the EGMS PAC, EGSD Health Committee and Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA are cosponsoring the Screenagers documentary. After the screening of the documentary local professionals from Middle Park Medical Center, Mind Springs Health, Grand County Public Health/Communities that Care Grant, Granby Police and Grand Futures will be available to answer questions and provide more information. Multiple door prizes will be raffled off during the evening.

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