Documentary warns of online dangers
AN always connected lifestyle and its effects on young people is prompting conversations between parents and children as the Screenagers documentary shows at two fully booked events in Bunbury this week.
Hoping to initiate discussion between parents and children about the risks posed by social media and its negative effects, guest speaker, psychologist and director of ySafe Jordan Foster said screen time affected health, sleep, quality of life and attitudes of young people.
“Strategies and limits need to be discussed together in terms of how much time is spent online as a family,” Ms Foster said.
Creating the documentary after personal experience of her children’s overuse of devices, Delany Ruston said brain scans of children spending extended time online and those addicted to drugs or alcohol was similar.
Bunbury Primary School Parents and Citizens Association partnered with community support groups like the City of Bunbury, Headspace Bunbury and Parenting Connection WA to bring the film to the South West.
Bunbury Primary School students Ben Martinson and Matilda Coulson chat about the effects of screen time with event guest speaker, psychologist and director of ySafe Jordan Foster.