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Review of Screenagers by Angelina Rosa

Filed in Events, Youth by on April 11, 2017 • views: 414

On March 21, 2017, around 200 people gathered for a screening of the documentary Screenagers at The Picture House, sponsored by Pelham PACTCommunity Care Center, and the Pelham Middle School PTA. Here is a review of the film by Pelham Memorial High School student and PACT Youth Leadership Council member, Angelia Rosa.

“Technological innovation and advancement of the internet have made it possible for people all over the world to carry computers in their pockets. Teenagers are arguably the most impressionable and socially active age group, and it’s been shown that the introduction of electronic devices has drastically changed how they interact. Screenagers, a film directed by Delaney Ruston released in 2016, documents real teenagers navigating social media and video games and finding their balance.

Screenagers is a fairly accurate depiction of how teens have formed obsessions with smartphones and computers. The film delves into how validation plays a major part in social media and how young people’s self-esteem is shaped by the opinions of their peers rather than their own. A group of middle school girls was interviewed about altering their appearance in photos to gain likes and attention from their male classmates. They discussed how this is regarded as the status quo, and there is nothing out of the ordinary about changing oneself to please others. This idea is incredibly disturbing from a mature perspective.

On the bright side, though, the film shone light on how to prevent teenagers from becoming obsessive without taking away their technology entirely. After all, computers and cellphones have been integrated into classwork and homework activities. During the panel afterwards, there was discussion about the responsibility of parents to monitor their children’s use of technology and limit it need be. All in all, the film reaffirmed the belief that it’s important that people are aware of actual reality, not just the virtual kind.”

Angelina Rosa, second from the right, at Screenagers at The Picture House.
Photo Credit: Silmara Sucena

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