Newtown Congregational Church
14 West Street
Newtown, Connecticut 06470
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Tuesday through Friday
Newtown Congregational Church, UCC
Internationally Acclaimed Documentary Film in Newtown on May 4th, 7pm
“Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age”
Renowned Panel of Experts Hold Discussion and Q & A Session Immediately Following Film
NEWTOWN, CT April 14th — Pathways Homeschool Learning Cooperative today announced they will be hosting a screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary film, “Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age” on Thursday, May 4th at 7:00pm at the Newtown Congregational Church, located at 14 West Street in Newtown, CT. Tickets can be purchased online at eventbrite.com/d/ct--newtown/events/ , $10 adults/$5 middle and high schoolers accompanied by an adult. Space is limited! All profits go to Newtown-based charities.
Are you watching kids scroll through life with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention spans? If the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens, what is the impact of this phenomenon on academics, social and family life? "Screenagers: Living in the Digital Age" is a new documentary that explores contemporary struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through poignant, yet unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, this film reveals how “tech-time” impacts kids’ development and offers some solutions regarding how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find a healthy balance.
“As parents, we all struggle with our children’s use of screens, and we worry,” stated Melissa Prevey, co-founder of the Pathways Homeschool Cooperative. “The media challenges our kids face today are unprecedented, and let’s face it, we really don’t know what the long-term effects may be on brain development, not to mention how it can affect social and academic development at extremely vulnerable stages. We are proud to bring this valuable and salient film to our community because we know most parents are looking for information and solutions.”
How worried should parents be about the amount of time their children and teens spend staring at screens? Children and youth today simply do not interact with the world, and more importantly, each other, the way they once did.
“Abusing and sometimes compulsively using our smartphones can be a real problem," explains Dr. David Greenfield, Founder of Center for Internet Technology and Internet Addiction and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and panelist for this screening event. "It can lead to a marked reduction in real-time social interaction as our capacity and desire for regular face-to-face conversation decreases. Smartphones fill in those little gaps, gaps of timelessness where creativity occurs and new ideas are born, where spontaneous interactions can occur, where we have an opportunity to relax, reflect, or talk to somebody.”
“It may not have the same physiological consequences as something like alcohol or drug addiction,” explains Dr. Greenfield, “but smartphone addiction works the same way. Irresistible urges, inability to stop using compulsively, withdrawal when you don't have it, and increased tolerance which leads to using it more and more."
“I’ve witnessed the world of media change drastically among the tweens and teens I work with,” stated Belinha De Abreu, Ph.D., media literacy educator, International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO, and panelist for this screening event. Usage and exposure rates are certainly an issue; however, educating kids and youth can go a long way to helping them make their own smart choices,” De Abreu insists. “Our youth live in a media-saturated and device-driven world, so it’s critical they are taught to be literate in this realm and knowledgeable about both its positive and potentially detrimental and even dangerous aspects. Arming youth with accurate information allows them to apply critical thinking skills to their own media use, thus hopefully decreasing the amount of family and academic conflict.”
“Many adults are woefully neglectful in exhibiting appropriate modeling of healthy media use,” insists Professor Gregory Golda, Sacred Heart University’s School of Communication and Media Arts faculty member and panelist for Screenagers. “It’s not just our youth that have been sucked into this Pavlovian-like addiction to our phones and all the news and social media they connect us to. We need to do a better job of understanding our own relationship with media so we can better guide our own children and students.”
PATHWAYS SCREENING EXPERT PANEL INCLUDES:
Moderator: Professor Gregory J. Golda, Sacred Heart University’s School of Communication and Media Arts. Professor Golda's courses are project-based, engage students of all majors in the creation of media texts with multiple digital tools, and focus on such issues as Digital Culture, Animation, Film and Video Production, Comics and Animation, and Democratic Equations.
Dr. David Greenfield, Founder, Center for Internet and Technology Addiction in Waterbury, CT and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Greenfield is recognized as one of the world’s leading voices on Internet, computer, and digital media behavior, and a pioneer concerning compulsive and addictive use. Dr. Greenfield’s recent research and clinical work is focused on the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of compulsive Internet use, and recently on Smartphone’s and distracted driving. He is author of Virtual Addiction.
Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D., media literacy educator and an International Expert to the Forum on Media & Information Literacy for UNESCO and is the author of Mobile Learning through Digital Media Literacy (Peter Lang 2017), author/co-editor of Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age (Peter Lang, 2016), Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Routledge 2014), and the author of Media Literacy, Social Networking and the Web 2.0 World for the K–12 Educator (Peter Lang, 2011).
Laura Cleary, MSW social worker, parent educator and parent coach. Ms. Cleary has many years of experience working with youth and families, in the areas of child abuse, suicide and substance abuse prevention, as well as positive youth development. Laura is also a certified Positive Discipline parenting educator, and a consultant for Sandy Hook Promise. Laura is a mom of three almost-grown-up children, and homeschooled all three of them through their elementary and middle school years.
Connecticut State Police Cyber-Safety & Distracted Driving Expert (TBD)
All parents have heard the stories of kids having been lured into a dangerous situation through their connection with strangers online. Many kids believe these people are incapable of lying when in fact many are online predators attempting to access kids in cyber or real relationships. Distracted driving is indisputably the biggest problem to impact the dangers of driving since the height of drunk driving.
Pathways Homeschool Learning Cooperative is a community of homeschoolers who meet twice a week in Newtown, CT to provide both high quality and rewarding academic, artistic, and social opportunities to students ages 6 to 18 in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment. Pathways is inclusive, secular, and dedicated to welcoming families of any race, religion or background. We seek to create a rich experience for both children and parents through the formation of a cohesive community that supports and nurtures each other on our unique homeschooling paths. Pathways meets Mondays and Wednesdays at the Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, Newtown, CT.
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5:00PM Family Service: A Family service with children's pageant.
8:00PM Service of Lessons and Carols: Featuring candlelight, a brass quintet, the NCC choir, and enough hymns to make it a festive night!
11:00PM Service of Light and Communion: A candlelight service of celebration of the birth of our Saviour.
AWE! (A Worship Experience) - Special Mid-Week Worship are held from Ash Wednesday until Holy Week. On Ash Wednesday we gather for a potluck supper at 6:00PM. The supper is followed by worship at 7:00PM which includes the reception of ashes. Druing the weeks that follow Ash Wednesday, the weekly gatherings switch to Thursday evenings. These Lenten evenings begin with a light potluck supper at 6:00PM in the Great Room and are followed by a 7:00PM casual faith filled worship that ends by 8:00PM.
Maundy Thursday evening begins with a 6:00PM light potluck supper followed with the Lord's Prayer and 7:00PM Worship with the office of the Tenebrae (reflection of darkness and shadow) in the church sanctuary.
Good Friday offers a self-guided meditation and reflection space in the sanctuary from 9:00AM until 5:00PM. Helpful materials are available at the doors.
EARLY AM Outdoor Sonrise Worship Service: Offered as the sun rises, this service is held at the top of Castle Hill (near the bench). Bundle up in hats, coats, and gloves to participate in this communion celebration of the glorious morning! Following the service, there is a continental breakfast waiting in the church's Great Room fellowship hall.
10:00AM Indoor Sanctuary Traditional Worship Service: Easter morning in all its glory is celebrated at 10:00AM with a full traditional service where all are welcome! Following the service the congregation is invited to a time of fellowship and refreshments in the Great Room.
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