Try these changes to live more intentionally with your devices:

So, what are we up against?

The Time Well Spent website explains that advertising driven technology companies (such as Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram) are literally fighting over our attention, designing their apps to keep us glued to their products.

 

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Screenagers Documentary + Q&A Panel

THE SCREENING

Kingborough Council bring you this special awareness screening of Screenagers on Wednesday the 9th of August at 6:30pm at Kingborough Council Civic Centre, TAS! $10.00 AUD Admission

Ticket booking here: https://fan-force.com/screenings/screenagers-kingborough-council/

Book now to help make sure the showing goes ahead – critical number must be reached before the go-ahead.

THE FILM

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney 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 offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The film will be followed by a Q&A panel.

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Screen Time and Kids Report

What’s happening in our homes?

A recent Australian study reports high levels of screen-based media use in our homes.

What are the recommendations for the amount of time kids spend on screens?

The Australian Government, as part of its Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for children (Department of Health, 2014) recommends that electronic media use for entertainment purposes be limited to a maximum of two hours per day for children aged 5 to 17 years. The recommendation for children aged 2 to 5 years is no more than one hour per day for any purpose, and the guidelines state that children younger than two years of age should not spend any time watching television or using other electronic media.

See our Digital Citizens page on finding a healthy balance with technology.

 

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ThinkUknow?

ThinkUKnow is a free, evidence-based cyber safety program that provides accessible cyber safety education to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia.

ThinkUKnow uses a network of trained law enforcement members and accredited volunteers from our program partner organisations to deliver the cyber safety education presentations nationwide.

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