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Messiah Lutheran Church to Host SCREENAGERS  Movie Event for Community Nov 6 at 5:00 p.m.

On November 6, 2016 at 5 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church will present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age.  

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The 68-minute documentary by physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston addresses the pervasive issues and struggles parents and teenagers face in the digital age.  The movie is appropriate for parents and children 5th grade and up. Tickets are $7 per person.

All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.   An optional, moderated discussion will follow the movie.

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On the filmmaker’s website, Ruston prompts parents to ask themselves the following question:

“Are you watching your kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?”

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

SCREENAGERS addresses this pervasive parenting issue head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.

The event is being organized by Madison resident and Messiah Lutheran Church member Janell Zesinger.  Zesinger serves as Messiah’s Council Representative for Education and Youth. She and her husband, Mark, have three school aged children.

In planning this event for the community, Zesinger says, “Ideally, parents and their kids come to an informed understanding on what is healthy and safe use of technology, and come to terms and set limits on what behaviors are harmful or unhealthy. My hope is that parents and teens watch this movie together and afterwards, talk about the issues it presents before things become a problem.   That really is the goal of Messiah hosting the movie.”

Messiah Lutheran Church is located at 7740 Hwy 72 West in Madison, Alabama.   The church was established in Madison in 1990 by Pastor Scott Peterson and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.    Additional information can be found at www.mlutheran.org.

Any ticket sales beyond the screening cost of the movie will be donated to local outreach missions.  Specific questions concerning the movie event can be directed to Janell Zesinger  education_rep@mlutheran.org

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