Doc­u­men­tary warns of on­line dan­gers

South Western Times - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

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.

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