Free screening of “Screenagers” at OC May 10 at 7 p.m.

May 10, 2018

Oklahoma Christian University invites the public to a free screening of the documentary film “Screenagers May 10. The film begins at 7 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium. It examines the need for a more balanced approach to screen time for children and teens. The event is part of OC’s Children’s Ministry Seminar in the Certificate in Children’s Ministry program through the College of Biblical Studies.

Screenagers” is produced by award-winning filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston. She created the project after watching her own children scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span. Ruston learned that the average child spends six and a half hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of this time and the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. 

As with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists and brain scientists, “Screenagers” reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Watch a trailer for the documentary below. 

The film is one of many sessions during OC’s second annual Children’s Ministry Seminar, which goes through May 11. The seminar is for students of the Certificate program and anyone who is interested in children's ministry. Sessions include training, coaching, resources and rejuvenation needed for a thriving ministry. Speakers include Karl Bastian, Ron Bruner, Kerianne Roper, Trevon Buchanan, Tracy Rader, Danielle Shrock, Barbara Price, Sheldon Adkins and many more. For more information, contact Price at barbara.price@oc.edu.

The next cohort for OC’s Certificate in Children’s Ministry begins in September. The program is designed for anyone interested in ministering to children but lacks the necessary preparation and training to do so effectively. Participants can complete the program without quitting their jobs or moving. More information on the program is available online.