Rice Psychology Group facilitated Events are Limited Over the Next 12 Months

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Are Your Children Spending Too Much Time Glued to Their Screens?

Today’s kids will be the first generation of adults to grow up with smartphone technology. Many toddlers are offered the iSitter as their first form of distraction, and tweens are setting up their first social media accounts before the age of 10.

Gaming happens not just on video game consoles or in arcades anymore, but instead on every portable and at-home Wi-Fi enabled device.

Here are some of the issues that arise when dealing with screen addictions:

  • Instead of being outside playing tag, today’s kids are going on Minecraft adventures, using Snapchat filters and are recording their every move.

  • Parents are frustrated by their children’s addiction to screens, and in many cases, those very same adults are spending hours and hours connected to their own mobile devices.

  • Screen time is taking away from family time, athletic time, creative time, thinking time and both indoor and outdoor playtime.

  • Screen time has changed the nature of our friendships and has created a portal to the outside world that is difficult to monitor and control.

Like any problem that exists, once you acknowledge it, you have taken the first step toward changing your situation. When you recognize the VAST amount of time you and/or your kids are spending on screens each day, suddenly you have a desire for change. You yearn to spend less time on your devices and more time with people or doing things that are actually productive and rewarding.

This awareness leads you back to what you really value: balance in your life, strong personal relationships and rewarding contributions.

Learning to manage

Remember when you were in school and would sometimes read an actual book for pleasure, talk on the phone with friends or make plans to hang out in person? We crave personal relationships to feel a sense of meaning and connection in life. We may think that we’ll get it from Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat, but the truth is, these social networks fall short when it comes to relationship fulfillment and self-actualization.

In order to equip the next generation with the social, emotional, and interpersonal skills they need to survive and feel good about themselves, we need to better manage the amount and type of screen consumption our kids take in.

Screenagers

Dr. Wendy Rice, a licensed psychologist who has been practicing since 1996 and founder of Rice Psychology Group, leads a dynamic and engaging conversation with your community around the award-winning documentary, SCREENAGERS.

Your organization can spearhead a crucial movement in your community when you host a screening facilitated by Dr. Rice. You may be asking yourself what sets this documentary apart from others.

Here are just a few facts surrounding it:

  • SCREENAGERS has been shown at more than 2,000 community and school venues.

  • Screenings have been set up by PTAs, teachers, religious groups, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), after-school programs, companies such as Google, Pixar, Starbucks, Intel and Microsoft, and many others in 20 different countries.

SCREENAGERS is about bringing people together to experience the film and have discussions afterwards because screen time crosses into all age brackets and areas of our lives. We believe these discussions are the catalyst for long-lasting change.

Your Screening

Screenings hosted by Dr. Rice are frequently sold out and when arranged correctly, can even be used as a fundraiser for your school or organization. What can you expect when booking a SCREENAGERS event?

  • You’ll be provided with handouts and promotional materials.

  • As we mentioned above, an in-depth discussion following the film to be facilitated by Dr. Rice herself.

SCREENAGERS has been presented to Frameworks, Tampa Preparatory School, Academy of the Holy Names, Central Clearwater Catholic High School and St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School, all in the local Tampa, Florida area.

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What Others Are Saying

Feedback from the audience has been overwhelming:

“I just wanted to say that I'm so glad you are out there providing this information. We have really struggled with our daughter and still continue to do so. It has caused years of damage and I wonder if she will ever be okay. I'm glad you are out there warning parents. Even with our own friends it is easier for them to ignore it and hope it's not happening. Keep up the good work. Thanks again for the program. You really can be saving lives. Parents aren't always aware of how dangerous their kids activities can be”

“Thank you for putting on this informative movie. It was a great movie and engaging. “

“What a wonderful gift you shared tonight by bringing this to so many parents and children. Thank you! The insight of the students, other parents and you opened conversation for my son and I, with more to come between us all in my family. Keep doing what you do, as it is something special to truly make a difference in others’ lives as you and your team do!“

“We greatly appreciate the time you took out of your busy schedule to speak with the Tampa Prep community about this very important topic. The parents and faculty {of our school} certainly found the film and discussion interesting and enlightening.”

Schedule Your Screening Today

There are a limited number of dates available over the course of the next 12 months for a Rice Psychology Group facilitated SCREENAGERS event. Don’t wait until the material in this award-winning documentary is no longer relevant; book an event for your community now.

Please fill out the form using the button below to express your interest in hosting a SCREENAGERS event and let us know what you have in mind. Dr. Rice will be in contact to discuss details with you.

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