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Join the Free Play Matters Task Force, for a virtual screening of Chasing Childhood, followed by a live Q&A!

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Wilton Youth Council’s Free Play Matters Task Force Presents…A virtual screening of Chasing Childhood, filmed in Wilton!

Chasing Childhood is a feature documentary that explores the rapidly changing landscape of contemporary childhood and parenting. In today’s childhood, confined by structure, stranger danger, and helicopter parenting, free-play has virtually disappeared. Experts are ringing the alarm bell about the dramatic rise in anxiety and depression in young children and teens. What if all this well-intended hovering, fear and over-scheduling has backfired? The film takes us to three communities that are trying to shift culture to create room for play and independence with the hope of raising kids to become competent, healthy, and happy adults.

Chasing Childhood was filmed before the pandemic, but the issues explored are even more profoundly relevant today: what is the changing landscape of contemporary childhood and parenting? What is best for my kid? These questions transcend zip code and demographics.

Stream the movie anytime from Saturday, April 17 through Wednesday, April 21.

Join a virtual Q&A with the director and some of the experts and subjects of the film on Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 PM.

Q&A panelists:

  • Eden Wurmfeld, Director and Producer of Chasing Childhood
  • Lenore Skenazy, Founder of Let Grow
  • Dr. Michael Hynes, Superintendent of Schools, Port Washington, NY
  • Genevieve Eason, Executive Director of Wilton Youth Council
  • Savannah Eason, Wilton High School ‘13

Sponsored by Wilton Public Schools and Wilton Youth Council

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