‘Screenagers’ to be shown

This Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m., Fort Frye High School will be sponsoring the movie “Screenagers.” If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or anyone raising or living with someone spending a lot of time on electronic devices for recreational purposes, this documentary is a must-see. The movie’s website touts the film as “Award-winning Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.” The movie tries to address questions such as “What impact does all this screen time have on kids and adults?” and “How do we manage screen time?” Join other concerned adults as they battle this growing addiction to screen time. Admission to this national documentary is free to everyone as part of Fort Frye Local Schools’ efforts to promote overall wellness. Feel free to share this invitation with everyone — this event is open to the public. Visit the movie’s website at screenagersmovie.com for more information.

The Drug Free Action Alliance offers these on-line situations that can cause teens, or people of any age, harm:

Cyber bullying is a type of bullying taking place on digital devices, mainly cell phones, with the intent to embarrass, hurt, or humiliate someone. This has become a common occurrence, with nearly 43% of teens reporting having been bullied on line at least once, according to DoSomething.org,

Teens spend hours scrolling through Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media feeds featuring images of their friends having the time of their lives — smiling and posing for the camera with pictures from epic parties where only a select group was invited — leading picture-perfect lives. Images like these can cause others to feel left out, disconnected, and ultimately unworthy.

Social Isolation is a major risk factor for depression and suicide. The more time teens spend online means the less time they spend face-to-face with others as well as less time spent doing activities that promote mental health such as getting exercise, volunteering making new friends, and participating in group activities. Inadequate sleep is yet another major risk factor for depression and suicide. Youth spending a great deal of time on their phones are more likely than others to not get the sleep they need. Texts, instant messages, and other signals to pick up the phone come through in all hours of the night and may be too tempting to avoid.

Don’t throw out those cell phones, parents, just be aware of what is going on and continue to monitor your teens.

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

Just a reminder to families in the Fort Frye School district of the district’s school closing policy, as January and February usually provide the area’s coldest and snowiest weather. There is a plan currently in place for closures and delays families are asked to follow. Fort Frye Local does use an automatic call system to send out a message informing households of any delays or cancelations. Beverly-Center parents are asked, on two-hour delay days, to please not send their children before 9:50, at which time the building will be opened.

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