Like: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media on Our Lives
April 30, 2019 5:30-7:00 pm, Jackson Hole Community School
Our kids face a variety of challenges - both big and small - on a daily basis. Homework, getting to school on time, extracurriculars, family life, social relationships, home responsibilities, and pressure to perform. Our job as parents is to help our kids learn how to navigate these challenges with resilience and levity (when possible).
Finding a balanced and healthy relationship with digital media is one of those challenges. While digital media is a tool that brings many benefits to our lives, we have all heard about the negative aspects too much use can have. When we are using our digital devices, the same parts of our brain are stimulated as when we are in love or when we are using heroin. How do both the addictive nature and our love of this technology impact our kids and the relationships we have with them?
The film LIKE aims to help us understand the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization so that we can navigate it safely together. While the film reinforces and educates us on the impacts of digital media use, the discussion that follows will explore our families’ experiences with digital media, its impacts on the social-emotional lives of our kids, the relationships we have with them, and how finding a balance in digital media can be a tool to help our kids develop a strong character.
Please use this link to indicate your interest and let us know your questions or what you would like to see discussed. Optional $10-15 donation. Thanks to Jackson Hole Community School for generously sponsoring this event!
Rachel Wigglesworth is the founder of Growing Great Families and had an M.Ed. in Parent and Family Education. She teaches classes on creating a “Family Technology Pact” and published an article on the subject in Education Week.