An upcoming program at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus is designed to open a dialogue between parents and children about the safe use of technology.

"Screenagers," a documentary that explores technology's impact on children and the challenges it presents to parents, will be shown at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the JCC, 1125 College Ave.

"The idea is to first bring an awareness that technology has good, bad and ugly," said Rabbi Hillel Kapenstein, who is an outreach coordinator at the Columbus Community Kollel and is one of the organizers of the screening. "Some people are aware but (they think), 'Not me, not my kids.' "

The documentary addresses cyber-bullying, violent video games and other issues related to growing up in the digital age, Kapenstein said.

"We want to bring families together," he said. "I've reached out to people in Columbus, Bexley, New Albany. The more people that get helped, the better."

A follow-up event is planned Feb. 25 at a location to be announced. As part of the program, technology entrepreneur Alex Hasky will offer tips on the safe use of technology.

"It's a two-step process: to have the awareness and once they come to those terms, how do they get help?" Kapenstein said.

The "Screenagers" presentation will include dinner with pizza and ice cream.

Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to register by emailing Kapenstein at

-- Chris Bournea