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Author: Mitch Williams
February 13, 2020

No doubt you’ve seen kids scroll through their life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span. You may have observed your own child staring at their cell phone, seemingly oblivious to anything else around them. With the average kid spending 6.5 hours a day looking at screens, what kind of impact is screen time having on them? What happens to the mind when it is relentlessly exposed to social media, video games, and the internet? How could our digital world be sapping the heart and soul not only from our teenagers, but even us adults?

On Wednesday, February 19, at 7 PM, your church will be showing an award-winning film called Screenagers that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. Through touching and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, the movie 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.

If you have a child in the fifth grade or older, this is an event to bring them to. The 67-minute film is jointly sponsored by your church and Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy. We encourage you to not only bring your family but invite some friends. Though the film is free to watch, it cost several hundred dollars for licensing fees, so please come and support the cause with your presence.

As your pastor, here is my prayer for our children: “Protect our children’s eyes from evil and their hearts from harm. Keep watch over the gate of their souls and fill their minds with positives messages and godly influences that are good, lovely, pure and praiseworthy. In Jesus name, Amen.”