Documentary on technology and teens will screen Tuesday evening

1 year 11 months 3 weeks ago Monday, September 26 2016 Sep 26, 2016 Monday, September 26, 2016 6:38:00 PM CDT September 26, 2016 in News
By: Emma Rechenberg, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - If you think your teenager is addicted to his or her phone, you might be dealing with a “screenager.”

Ragtag Cinema will screen the documentary “Screenagers” on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The film explores the challenges of parenting in a digital world and the ways technology impacts kids’ development.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion intended to create a dialogue about technology’s effects on the next generation.

Sam Otten, an MU Assistant Professor of mathematics education, will speak on the panel about his research on technology within math classrooms.

Otten said the debate on technology has been ongoing.

“There’s been a debate about calculators for decades and decades, and now that same debate has just molded into a debate about personal technology, digital screens, phones and personal computers,” he said.

With school districts having tablets and other hand held electronic devices in the classroom, Otten said there is “so much power” in students having technology at their fingertips.

“We should be embracing all of that information, and we should help our students become processors of the information. Have them learn how to use the Internet wisely, and have the students be the creative problem solving thinkers with the information,” he said.

While Otten said this new technology is positive in a learning environment, he also said it runs the risk of being distracting. Social media and Internet gaming are some of the easy ways kids might lose focus when using technology.

Janna Lancaster said she purchased tickets to view the film after seeing the event promoted on Facebook. As a mother, she said she has noticed an increase of technology use in her children’s classrooms over the years.

“Certainly more than when I was growing up,” Lancaster said.

She said there is a limit of iPad and phone use within her home, specifically at night.

“It’s good for your mental health,” Lancaster said. “To put your phone to sleep, let your eyes relax, your mind relax and get ready for bed.”

Lancaster said she intends to bring her children to the screening and panel discussion following the film.

If you would like to purchase tickets to “Screenagers” visit Ragtag Cinema’s website.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - After volunteering at a detention center for women and children seeking asylum in the U.S., one Jefferson City... More >>
34 minutes ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A teenager pleaded guilty Monday in connection with a deadly 2016 shooting on Claudell Lane. Navarro Scott,... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:35:11 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
SUNRISE BEACH - Fire Chief Dennis Reilly announced his resignation due to harassment from a board member. Reilly said... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:23:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City employees are getting a raise in this year's budget, but some say it's not enough for line... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:13:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A lawn care app launched in Columbia to connect consumers with people who want to make extra money... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
MACON - Deputies are investigating after a member of the Missouri National Guard was shot at a training site near... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 1:40:00 PM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
(CNN Money) -- Facebook's ad targeting system is being used by some employers to unlawfully discriminate based on gender, a... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 11:06:05 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
NEOSHO (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has pleaded guilty to shooting at a sheriff's deputy during a chase. ... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A woman has been arrested on suspicion of abuse or neglect of a 4-year-old child. Police arrested... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 10:11:00 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A more than 25-year-old park shelter and playground could say goodbye soon. The replacement of those two... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, September 18 2018 Sep 18, 2018 Tuesday, September 18, 2018 7:52:00 AM CDT September 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Council approved the 2019 fiscal year budget Monday for $32,807,390.05. Mayor Carrie Tergin... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 10:13:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Police Department arrested five people Monday for stealing from a Hibbett Sports store in Fulton. ... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 9:49:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of various documents and text messages related to the Russia... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:46:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:40:19 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Task Force One continues its work with victims of Hurricane Florence this week. The task force... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:28:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - Supporters of the "Clean Missouri" initiative endorsed Amendment 1 after a judge ordered removal to take it off... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Kansas City Police Department has rescinded commendations given to two officers involved in the fatal... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 5:05:10 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia is testing new lights downtown this week to try and curb violence and crime. The new... More >>
1 day ago Monday, September 17 2018 Sep 17, 2018 Monday, September 17, 2018 4:01:00 PM CDT September 17, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 90°
6pm 89°
7pm 85°
8pm 81°
9pm 78°