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Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

Too much screen time:  Parents agonize about it, and kids scream when it’s taken away.  Now with schools shut down across the globe, many children are getting more time than ever with devices, whether as part of homeschooling via apps and classroom Zoom calls or simply because parents who are juggling too much during lockdown park their kids in front of them.

Director Jon Hyatt — making his feature-length documentary debut following a career making a shortform videos and branded content ­­— meets with a variety of experts on such topics as pediatrics, marketing, video games, technology, and mental health to present an image of screen time as an addiction that’s’ been created by design by large technology companies.

Hyatt admits that many of the effects of constant use of these immersive platforms is unknown, partly because tech companies keep their data (including use by children and teens) closely guarded.

That’s why the filmmaker has created a social-impact campaign to support the CAMRA Act, a proposed bill in the U.S. Congress by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) that would authorize and fund the National Institutes of Health to create a research program that would study the effects of technology and media on kids and adolescents.

“Screened Out” is available now on iTunes.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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