Technology, Social Media Impact Revealed

The Safe Community Coalition presents LIKE documentary, at Langley, McLean High.

More than 2 billion people have smartphones today. And we check our phones on average an incredible 150 times every day. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways ― but what is the cost of our dependence, and our children’s reliance on screens?

As part of a yearlong focus on social media wellness, the Safe Community Coalition, in conjunction with the PTSAs of Langley High School and McLean High School, is hosting two screenings of the compelling new IndieFlix Original documentary “LIKE” ― Thursday, Oct.10 in the Langley High School auditorium and Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the McLean High School auditorium. Both showings are 7-8:30 p.m.

“LIKE” reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time. The film features interviews with experts including Max Stossel, Head of Education & Content at Center for Humane Technology; Leah Pearlman, Co-Creator of the Facebook “Like” button; Dr. Jerry Bubrick, Senior Psychologist at Child Mind Institute; Professor Jevin West, DataLab, iSchool, University of Washington; John Borthwick, CEO of Betaworks; and Professor Katie Davis, author of “The App Generation.”

After the film, discussion will be led by Dr. Clifford Sussman, a D.C.-based psychiatrist and expert on helping people achieve a more balanced relationship with digital technology.

The event is free and open to the public. To learn more visit: thelikemovie.com/ or indieflix.com/.

The Safe Community Coalition (SCC) is a 25-year-old group of community volunteers whose mission is to educate and empower youth and families to make responsible choices about their mental and physical health and safety. The group will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020.

The SCC’s vision is a community where youth learn to make responsible decisions and where they are safe, mentally and physically healthy, and free from alcohol and drug use. The SCC offers programs for youth, parents, and the community in collaboration with other community sectors concerned about our youth: schools, parent/teacher associations, faith organizations, businesses, public safety organizations, the medical community, and civic organizations.

The SCC is tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that is 100 percent funded by donations. See mcleanscc.org for more details on how you can donate and get involved.

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