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Parent University: Screenagers

by | Sep 22, 2020 | CHC Life, Resources

Cherry Hills Christian School proudly presents Parent University in partnership with ministries, community leaders and local and state government agencies to provide CHC parents resources, classes and seminars centered around timely topics. This community collaborative also encourages parents to get to know each other as they learn together.

We invite CHC parents to join us online 6-8 p.m., Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, for the first Parent University sessions of the 2020-21 academic year. Our focus: navigating the challenges of parenting in the digital age. Helping to frame our discussions will be the award-winning documentary, “Screenagers” and its followup, “Screenagers: Next Chapter.” The films, produced by primary care physician Dr. Delaney Ruston, probe into the vulnerable corners of family life and depict messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. “Screenagers” also offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world.

Parents will find links to these upcoming meetings in their Canvas application. We also invite them to sync event information with their own online calendars.

About the films

Screenagers
Recommended age: Grade 4 and older

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and six-second attention spans? The average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. Dr. Delaney Ruston wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In “Screenagers,” she takes a deeply personal approach, telling poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories while also sharing insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists. This award-winning documentary 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.

Screenagers: Next Chapter
Recommend age: Grade 6 and older

In the follow-up to “Screenagers,” follow Dr. Ruston 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. 

We witness Dr. Ruston as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting.

CHC is committed to teaming with students and parents around an array of life issues and provides dedicated and certified counselors for students of The Lower and Upper Schools and access to other specialized mental health resources. We invite you to learn more about those, too.

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