Screen time focus of event

Mark Dalton, an investigator in the Office of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, will be at Fruitland Middle School on March 10 to discuss internet safety with parents.

FRUITLAND - With screens in the pockets of what often seems like every tech-savvy teenager, the worry that any of our kids could get into trouble because of them has weighed on the minds of the Fruitland School District. Superintendent Teresa Fabricius is inviting all its parents and guardians to a special screening of the film, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” at  6:30 p.m. March 10 at Fruitland Middle School.

“The Tuesday evening showing is an opportunity to view the film before your child sees it,” according to Fabricius. “This will allow you to discuss the film with your student after they have viewed it, or to opt your student out of the film if you don’t feel it is right for your child.”

In addition, Mark Dalton, an investigator in the Office of Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit, will be present at Fruitland Middle to discuss with parents some of the issues teenagers face as they use social media and why/how to keep track of their child’s screen time.

Attorney General Wasden urges parents to learn what they can to help manage their child’s screen time.

“Education is the best tool for protecting our children in the digital age,” said Wasden in a news release. “I invite parents to attend so they can familiarize themselves with this issue and take the necessary steps at home to keep their children out of harm’s way.”

The film will be shown to Fruitland Middle and Fruitland High School students the following day, March 11.

Because they feel all parents need to see the film, the District is encouraging parents to attend by having a drawing for a one-year pass, for two people, to all high school and middle school home athletic events in the 2020-21 school year.

“Also, your middle school or high school student may be eligible for extra credit opportunity, based on your attendance at the movie,” said Fabricius.

After the screening, an optional discussion is planned for the evening. Refreshments will be provided.

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