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Huge turnout for special Maccabi community movie event SCREENAGERS

Posted: 11-Oct-2018 by Maccabi VIC


photos thanks to Paul Topol


Last night it was amazing to have around 400 parents and children attending our special community event hosted by Maccabi Victoria, Maccabi Life and supported by Jewish Care 

SCREENAGERS – GROWING UP IN A DIGITAL AGE followed by our guest panel comprising:

Professor Frank Oberklaid OAM - Director, Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Group Leader, Policy, Equity and Translation, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Maccabi Life Advisory Board Member
David Opat - Vice Principal of Student Wellbeing at The King David School
Marilyn Kraner - Manager, Individual & Family Services at Jewish Care and
Mayan Gafin and Jeremy Tusia, 2 year 12 Students from Yavneh College who organised a technology detox event for their school

It was great to see such a huge turnout of grandparents, parents and children coming to learn about the effect of screen-time.  It also highlighted the challenges of parents today who are the first ever to experience kids growing up with a screen at their fingertips.

It was fascinating to hear from Professor Frank Obeklaid, who highlighted the relationship between screen time, inactivity and increased rates of obesity in the community.  Additionally, we loved hearing from Mayan and Jeremy, 2 year 12 students from Yavneh College, who organised a technology free day at their school – that this was the one of the first times Year 12 and younger groups played together during lunchtime and that some kids even played board games for the first time in 10 years! 

All the panellists reinforced the importance of alternatives to screen-time such as being a member of a sporting club, being more active and having conversations with family & friends without the phone in your hand.

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