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Join Delaney Ruston, MD, a leading authority on parenting in the digital age and the filmmaker of the award-winning Screenagers movies, as she explores strategies for raising screen-wise and tech-balanced youth. Through interviews with researchers, thought leaders, and young people themselves, The Screenagers Podcast delivers the latest in science along with practical tips and important insights that parents will want to share with their kids and teens.

The Screenagers Podcast Delaney Ruston, MD

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Join Delaney Ruston, MD, a leading authority on parenting in the digital age and the filmmaker of the award-winning Screenagers movies, as she explores strategies for raising screen-wise and tech-balanced youth. Through interviews with researchers, thought leaders, and young people themselves, The Screenagers Podcast delivers the latest in science along with practical tips and important insights that parents will want to share with their kids and teens.

    Jonathan Haidt Explains the Youth Mental Health Crisis

    Jonathan Haidt Explains the Youth Mental Health Crisis

    Is social media, smartphones, and the sheer amount of time that young people are on screens really the main reason for the rise in mental health problems of today’s youth? On today’s episode, we delve into this pressing issue with Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist, and author of the current New York Times bestselling book, "The Anxious Generation". His insights provide a clear and compelling explanation of why this indeed is likely the case. Beyond just correlational studies, what do actual experiments show us about the link between teen mental health and screen time? Why is the time of puberty particularly concerning when it comes to handing over smartphones and social media? Why does social media seem to impact girls more negatively than boys? These are just some of the questions that today’s episode addresses. In addition, Haidt offers two solutions for improving teen mental health. This episode is not just for adults but also for teens who are directly affected by these issues. Of note, suicidal ideation is mentioned briefly in the episode. 
    Featured Expert
    Jonathan Haidt, PhD
    Research References
    Links to research discussed in the episode
    Additional Links 
    The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt
    Time Code
    00:00 Introduction to The Screenagers Podcast
    00:23 Meet Jonathan Haidt, Author and Social Psychologist
    01:29 The Anxious Generation: Key Insights
    02:06 Impact of Social Media on Mental Health
    03:52 Gender Differences in Mental Health Trends
    05:57 Correlational and Experimental Studies on Screen Time
    09:04 The Natural Experiment of Facebook's Rollout
    12:31 The Hidden Dangers of Social Media
    16:59 Aggression and Social Cruelty Online
    19:25 Proposed Solutions and Parental Involvement
    21:21 Conclusion and Resources

    • 22 min
    How Media Is Fueling A Risky Sexual Practice Among Teens

    How Media Is Fueling A Risky Sexual Practice Among Teens

    In today’s episode, Dr. Delaney Ruston talks with author Peggy Orenstein about a media-fueled risky sexual practice that is happening among some teens today — choking, also called sexual strangulation. Orenstein, who has spent many years researching sexuality among youth for her books “Girls and Sex” and “Boys and Sex,” investigated the topic of sexual choking for a New York Times article that was published last month. Today, Orenstein shares some of her findings from that investigation, including the influence of pornography and other media on this new trend.  What are the psychological and physical risks of this practice? And what are ways to have productive conversations with young people on this and related topics? This episode also includes a 19-year-old discussing her concerns about sexual choking. This episode is intended for adult audiences. 
    Featured Expert
    Peggy Orenstein
    Research References
    The Troubling Trend in Teen Sex -New York Times Article by Peggy Orenstein
    What is rough sex, who does it, and who likes it? Findings from a probability sample of US undergraduate students (Archives of Sexual Behavior)
    Additional Links 
    Yes Your Kid: What Parents Need to Know about Today’s Teens and Sex, by Debby Herbenick
    Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between,  by Shafia Zaloum
    Want Me by Tracy, by Clark Flory
    Girls and Sex, by Peggy Orenstein 
    Boys and Sex, by Peggy Orenstein
    Time Code
    00:00 Introduction to the Screenagers Podcast
    00:17 The Shocking Reality of Choking in Sexual Encounters Among Youth
    01:18 Mainstream Media's Role in Normalizing BDSM and Choking
    02:02 Insightful Conversation with Peggy Ornstein on Sexual Strangulation
    05:42 The Alarming Data on Choking Among College Students
    07:42 The Influence of Media and Social Media on Sexual Behavior
    13:24 Addressing the Risks and How to Talk About Them
    20:56 Empowering Youth to Speak Out and Advocate for Safety
    24:12 Concluding Thoughts and Resources for Challenging Conversations

    • 26 min
    Screen Time Parenting With Positive Discipline

    Screen Time Parenting With Positive Discipline

    In today’s episode, Dr. Delaney Ruston talks with Casey O’Roarty, Med., who is a well-recognized expert in Positive Discipline, particularly when it comes to tweens and teens. She is the author of Joyful Courage and the host of the Joyful Courage podcast and has spent over 15 years working with families. In this episode, Casey provides real-life anecdotes about when kids sneak screen time when they have meltdowns and other behaviors, and she explores fostering curiosity, addressing meltdowns, and finding the delicate balance between having firmness while fostering a strong parent-child relationship.  In addition, another guest, a mother of three kids,  shares her experience with ditching her old parenting ways to adopt the Positive Discipline approach.
    Show Notes
    Casey O’Roarty’s website
     

    • 35 min
    Mean Behind The Screens

    Mean Behind The Screens

    Sometimes, gaming is not all fun and games. Foul words and degrading comments are all too common when kids and teens play video games together. From first-person shooter games like Call of Duty to building games like Minecraft and Roblox, competitive banter can be ugly. In this episode, Dr Ruston talks with Dr. Kishonna Gray, assistant professor of digital studies at the University of Kentucky, who researches various human dynamics that occur during video gaming. Dr. Gray works with parents and youth on how to manage the hard parts of gaming culture and shares many insights and solutions on today’s show. A teen gamer adds thoughts as well. The episode is intended for adult and youth audiences.
     
    EPISODE NOTES Featured Expert Kishona Gray

    • 27 min
    Absolute Yes To Fighting Less (Rerun)

    Absolute Yes To Fighting Less (Rerun)

    We're bringing back this episode today to help with the common arguments in the home about screen time and what to do. What is a parenting strategy that can promote healthy screen use, and other positive behaviors, while at the same time decrease fighting? In this episode of The Screenagers Podcast, Dr. Delaney Ruston talks with one of her favorite parenting experts, Dr. Tammy Fisher Huson, about a strategy that has made a real difference in Dr. Ruston's own home. 

    • 21 min
    Acing Screen Time Conflicts with Lisa Damour

    Acing Screen Time Conflicts with Lisa Damour

    Parenting kids has always had challenges, but now, in the tech revolution, conflicts are at a new level. The good news is that research shows that conflicts done well have all sorts of benefits for youth. But how do we ensure healthier conflicts? On today’s episode, Dr. Ruston talks with Lisa Damour, Ph.D. psychologist and author of three New York Times best-selling books about adolescents, including “The Emotional Lives of Teenagers.” The episode explores teen psychology, common screen time arguments, and several approaches to having healthier conflicts. The episode is intended for adult and youth audiences.
    Featured Expert Lisa Damour Research References The role of music in adolescents' mood regulation (Sage Journal) Extreme Metal Music and Anger Processing (Frontiers in Human Neuroscience) The appeal of sad music: A brief overview of current directions in research on motivations for listening to sad music (The Arts in Psychotherapy) Additional Links  Lisa Damour’s website 
    The Ask Lisa Podcast
    Books by Lisa Damour:
    Untangled
    Under Pressure 
    The Emotional Lives Of Teenagers
     

    • 40 min

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