Kennett High School recently sponsored and hosted a free screening of "Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age," which was shown during a school day for students and an evening for adults. The adult portion included a panel discussion including educators, counselors, law enforcement, medical professionals, a librarian (myself) and students.
The documentary takes an inside look at technology habits of youth (and their parents), varying household rules and agreements, screen addictions, and several arguments for and against smartphone usage across children's age development.
As a follow up to the relevant, ongoing discussion about youth and "screen time," the Conway Public Library invites adults with kids and teens in their lives to take part in a book discussion of "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens," by Danah Boyd, on Monday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the Ham Room of the Conway Public Library.
The book group will explore what is new about how teenagers communicate through social media and how it affects the quality of the lives of teens and their families.
The author who is a a youth culture and technology expert will uncover several myths, and clarify information about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying through the use of technology. Readers will also learn about how teens may be given the opportunity to become informed, thoughtful and engaged citizens through their online interactions. This book is a must-read for anyone worried or curious about kids and their engagement in the cyber-world.
New to the Conway Library is "Technology Thursdays" at 1 p.m. Stop in and friendly library staff and volunteers will help with laptops, phones, composing documents, spreadsheets, Internet, social media set-up, and email. Life is too precious to be stressed about this rapidly-paced world of technology, so come to the library and ease your anxiety.
Many people dread the prospect of completing their tax information each year. The Conway Library has most tax forms available for the taking, and forms may be downloaded and printed as well. There are 13 public computers available for everyone's use, and staff available to help when needed.
For more information about Conway Library events and resources stop in, call (603) 447-5552, go to www.conwaypubliclibrary.org, or follow Conway Public Library on Facebook and Twitter.