Westfield Washington Schools Parent University will present a free screening of the film “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER.” The goal of Parent University is to be a “link between home and school, aiming to engage, educate and equip families with the necessary tools to successfully navigate the WWS educational experience,” according to its website.
The film is a follow up to “Screenagers” and focuses on the stressors, anxiety and depression teens and young adults face. The film also offers solutions for parents to help children cope with the complex emotions they experience.
“It talks about how important the web of support is for our kids, our families and our community,” said Ashley Knott, ROCKS family experience facilitator for Westfield Washington Schools. “I feel like a lot of this movie has a lot of similarities to the things we’re discussing not just here in Westfield, but nationwide.”
The screening is at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 13 at Oak Trace Elementary School, 16504 Oak Ridge Rd. Parents and their children are encouraged to attend.
“I will bring my children to the film,” Knott said. “I brought my children to the screening of ‘Screenagers,’ and it opened a lot of opportunities to have continued conversation with them.”
A panel discussion will be conducted after the film to support families. The panel will consist of Kyle Miller, WWS coordinator of Social & Emotional Learning; Craig Spinner, Westfield Middle School counselor; and Ali Tabb from Breyta Counseling.
“The panel discussion will allow parents to ask questions about how they can best help their children after viewing the film,” Knott said. “The film validates how important it is to be socially, emotionally and academically ready while also discussing how emotions and technology come into play.”
Admission is free but guests must present a ticket upon arrival. To RSVP, visit bit.ly/ScreenagersFREEticket.