Film documents effects of tech time on traditional learning

Hilliard City Schools officials are hoping a documentary called "Screenagers" will help students find balance between distractions from technology and traditional learning.

Dozens of students, parents and staff showed up in the performing arts center at the school to get a chance to see the production, which has been shown at schools nationwide.

The documentary, produced by physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston, reveals some teens spend an average of six-and-a-half hours a day in front of some type of screen, which includes everything from cell phones to videogames and computers at schools.

She added that excessive use of screens can harm the development of kid's brains and lead to shorter attention spans.

"It's all about balance in what you chose to do and what your children chose to do," said Hilliard City Schools Ed Tech Coach Kathy Parker-Jones.

While she said the research gathered shows that many boys tend to use the devices to play games, girls prefer to use them for social media purposes.

School officials said the presentation is part of digital workshops for all Hilliard City School students to help them learn more efficiently while leading a balanced home and social life.

"You want to get your children involved in activities and to find screen time, but other times as well when they're spending time with their peers and other people" she added.

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