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'Screenagers Under The Influence: Addressing Vaping, Drugs, and Alcohol'

By Contributor
February 22nd, 2024

Kids are vaping in classrooms.

Dealers are directly messaging teens on Instagram and Snapchat. Cannabis is legal, with psychedelics soon to follow.

The constant, 24-hour deluge of content pushing the normalcy of drugs, alcohol, and vaping on social media, TV, movies, ads, influencers, etc., is preying on our youth. The substance use culture has never been more appealing and accessible to teens than it is today. In the Kootenays, drugs are killing our teens.

Screenagers Under The Influence: Addressing Vaping, Drugs, and Alcohol in the Digital Age, the third feature documentary in the Screenagers trilogy, delves into how the tech revolution has reshaped adolescence and its effects on substance use. The film debunks myths and depicts strategies parents and schools can use to encourage healthy decision-making, support teen mental health, set limits, and create healthy home environments.

The film also includes many ways young people are using their wisdom and strength to help each other and themselves through this complicated terrain around substance use.

Screenagers Under The Influence fills a pressing need for a film that explores common scenarios. The film is grounded in teens’ current reality of being flooded by images on social media, movies, and TV shows about vaping, drugs, and alcohol.

Like the first two Screenagers films, Screenagers Under The Influence interweaves cutting-edge science with personal stories to create an informative and entertaining film experience for young people and adults alike. Screenagers Under The Influence focuses on practical solutions for keeping our teens safe in a changing world.

The film screening will be followed by a facilitated community conversation including panelists and support services information from Freedom Quest, ANKORS, and the Nelson Public Library.

Principals of Trafalgar and LVR and other SD8 staff will be in attendance.

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