Roaring Fork Schools hosting film screenings and discussions on anxiety and social media
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February 26, 2018
The Roaring Fork Schools are hosting film screenings and discussions this spring about students' anxiety and the impact of social media use. The events are being held in collaboration with community partners and are designed to open up a dialogue between families, community members, and experts. Each community will host two film screenings--”Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” a new documentary about anxiety, and “Like,” a documentary about the impacts of social media--that will be followed by discussions with local experts exploring the topic.
"Angst" addresses anxiety--its causes and effects in teens--and what we can do about it. Through candid interviews, many kids and teens tell their stories, discussing their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. Learn more about the documentary at angstmovie.com.
“Like” addresses the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The documentary explains the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives, and on our civilization. The stated goal for this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate.
Learn more about the documentary at TheLikeMovie.com
"In today's modern world, both of these topics are important for parents to know about and consider,” said Jennifer Ellsperman, Basalt Middle School Principal. “We want to give parents as many tools as possible to address the impact of anxiety and social media on their children."
These events are part of a comprehensive plan being coordinated by the district’s prevention specialists in each community to support kids, families, staff, and the broader community through increased access to resources and education efforts.
“Like” will be shown at Carbondale Middle School on Wednesday, February 27 at 6 p.m.; at Basalt Middle School on Wednesday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m.; at the Vaudeville Theatre on Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m. "Angst" will be shown at Basalt Middle School on Wednesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m.; at the Vaudeville Theatre on Thursday, April 4 for 6-8 p.m.; and at Carbondale Middle School on Wednesday, April 24 at 6 p.m.
These events are free and open to the public. The films are appropriate for middle-school aged students and older.