Staples, Minn.,
21:03 PM

"Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age" to Show at NJPA

Film explores the messy struggles of family life over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction

Staples, Minn. (13 February 2017) – American teenagers spend nearly half their day looking at screens.

According to a 2015 report by Common Sense Media, teens spend an average of nine hours a day watching TV, videos, and movies, checking social media, gaming, and listening to music. The report notes that tweens, defined as children 8 to 12, spend approximately six hours a day looking at a screen.

These numbers beg a few serious questions: How much is too much when it comes to screen time? What effect does screen time have on developing brains? How do we find a healthy balance?

Join National Joint Powers Alliance® at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 28 for a community viewing and discussion of, "Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age," directed by Delaney Ruston. The film probes into the messy struggles of family life, including the director's own, over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction.

Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower youth to best navigate the digital world. This is a film that explores not only the impact of screen time on children, but also offers solutions on how we can help them find balance.

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the film begins at 6:30 with a running time of one hour and six minutes. Please register in advance. For more information, and to register, visit View the trailer at

About NJPA

Sourcewell (formerly National Joint Powers Alliance) is a self-supporting government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to boost student and community success. Created in 1978 as one of Minnesota's nine service cooperatives, we offer training and shared services to our central-Minnesota members. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with over 200 awarded vendors on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.