Austin Public Schools to air ‘Screenagers’ documentary

Published 8:19 am Friday, March 15, 2019

Wondering if your kids are too connected to their phones and electronics while life passes by? A documentary screening may dive into that question on Tuesday night.

IJ Holton Intermediate and Ellis Middle School, with a sponsorship by the Austin MN Rotary Club District 5960, are jointly presenting the documentary “Screenagers” at 6:30 p.m. in the Ellis Middle School auditorium. This opportunity allows the community to learn about digital citizenship and how to connect with their students.

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Admission is free, but those attending must first register by going to, click on “find a screening,” search for Austin, Minnesota, and click on “get tickets.”

The documentary, created by physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston, explores the corners of family life, including hers, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through various stories and interviews with authors, psychologists and brain scientists, “Screenagers” 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. Children ages 10 and above are encouraged to attend with their parents.