Delaney Ruston is well-versed on the level of chaos that can erupt when a parent utters those two simple words to a child staring at a computer, smartphone or game console.
The filmmaker and physician examines the impacts of screen time on children, teenagers and their families in her 2016 documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.” The film will show at two Sno-Isle Libraries, including:
- Coupeville Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, and 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8.
- Monroe Library, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, and 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8
Ruston uses her own experience to probe the corners of family life and explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. A former University of Washington faculty member, Ruston saw her own children turning toward a screen-based world and learned that the average U.S. young person spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. Ruston decided to look into the possible impacts of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time.
One review says “Screenagers” is sure to prompt conversations about family communication and responsible use of technology, especially if parents and children watch the documentary together.
Ruston’s previous documentaries include “Hidden Pictures: A Personal Story into Global Mental Health” that explores personal mental health stories in five countries, and “Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia” depicting her journey to reconnect with her father after hiding from him for 10 years.
Ruston has been a family physician in California and Washington. She completed a Fulbright Fellowship producing short films on mental health in India. She has been a keynote speaker on mental health topics at the World Health Organization and the United Nations.
Ruston is currently the filmmaker-in-residence at Stony Brook Medicine, NY.