All Kinds of News for December 04, 2019
Equinox RTC, a residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18, is dedicated to helping boys improve their relationships offline. Following a screening of the documentary Screenagers at their last parent seminar, Equinox staff members attended a screening of the sequel, Screenagers, The Next Chapter, to learn more about how growing up in the digital age has affected teen’s mental health.
The series Screenagers highlights how struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction affect family relationships in terms of time spent together, levels of trust, and the way families communicate. The movie suggests that overuse of devices may be related to the uptick in depression and anxiety in society today and emphasized that teens deeply need face-to-face social connection and good sleeping habits — both of which can be negatively impacted by the overuse of screens.
“This message is consistent with our clinical approach at Equinox RTC. Often, we see that teens who are struggling with depression or anxiety are also using devices as an escape, which unintentionally exacerbates their emotional challenges,” reports Executive Director Kyle Gillett. “It definitely invited me to reconsider how I can better approach kids about their device usage and their emotional needs.”
While reducing screen time may feel impossible in today’s world, watching movies together can help facilitate important conversations around the forms of electronic media teens are consuming. Documentaries can be a tool for teens and their families to talk about issues they are dealing with and may offer solutions around what to do next.
“I believe that Screenagers 1 is more valuable to our staff, students and parents at Equinox as it examines more deeply the impact of screens in our lives,” describes Clinical Director Dan Keith. “Screenagers 2 is perfect for the average family who may be less aware of emotional health needs and how to best support their kids — including the consideration of seeking therapy. If anyone knows a family who is starting to struggle with their kids or adolescents, it would be a fabulous introduction to how to go about getting your child the support they need.”
To learn more about how social media and internet addiction affects teens and their families, check out https://www.equinoxrtc.com/blog/category/technology-addiction/ or call 877-279-8925.
About Equinox RTC
Equinox RTC is a leading residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18. Equinox is unique in its focus on Trauma, Loss, and Attachment, providing clinically intensive treatment for boys struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, ASD, learning disabilities, and other emotional and behavioral needs. Equinox offers a combination of clinically sophisticated support with a whole-person approach including adventure therapy, integrated Cross-Fit program, and a whole foods diet. Equinox provides a fully accredited school, with broad course selections taught by licensed teachers in a college-preparatory environment.