SMUS has invested in connecting the latest in research to the education and well-being of students from Kindergarten to graduation and life after school. Spark Nights are free learning events at SMUS that are open to the Greater Victoria community.
Session One 2023-24
Screenagers Under The Influence
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.
While most documentaries about substance use focus on severe addiction, Screenagers Under The Influence fills a pressing need for a film that explores more 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.
Date: Thursday, November 23, 2023
Time: Light refreshments 6:00 pm; movie begins 6:30 pm
Location: Copeland Lecture Theatre, 3400 Richmond Road
Seats available: 150
|December 5, 2022||The Impact of Technology on the Brain||Scientist, teacher, mentor and brain researcher Dr. Paul Mohapel|
|March 16, 2023||Youth Drug Exposure||Leslie McBain, co-founder of Moms Stop the Harm|
|May 11, 2023||Gender Diversity, Allyship, and Inclusion||Facilitator and speaker, Kingsley Strudwick|