21 episodes

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.

Screenagers Podcast Delaney Ruston, MD

    • Kids & Family

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.

    When Screen Time Rules Are Broken

    When Screen Time Rules Are Broken

    Today I discuss skillful ways to respond when your kids break the family tech rules.  One of the most challenging things for us parents is knowing how to respond when our kids break rules around screen time. A lot of my work is based on how to increase the chance that we get some collaborative input from our kids when we're setting rules.

    • 11 min
    Love Ambush

    Love Ambush

    Discover the powerful strategy of a "love ambush" and becoming a mental health warrior. Delaney unveils the transformative impact of showing up unannounced to support those facing mental health challenges. Through personal stories and practical advice, she unveils an approach to combatting isolation and building a caring team. 

    • 10 min
    Teen Love, Hookups And How To Talk About It All

    Teen Love, Hookups And How To Talk About It All

    Summer's heating up, and today I'm exploring how we can help teens have a better understanding of what makes up positive romantic relationships, including physical intimacy. In a past survey, teens between the ages of 14 and 17 were asked what sources help them understand sex. They responded that helpful information was most likely to come from parents, 31%, and 22 % friends. We're a great resource if we want to take on this challenge and get better at it.
     

    • 15 min
    Podcast Recommendations for the Whole Family This Summer

    Podcast Recommendations for the Whole Family This Summer

    In today’s blogcast,  I share recommendations for podcasts that you can listen to with your family this summer. 
    So why these recommendations? Well, one of the objectives of the screenagers movement is finding ways to connect youth and adults for meaningful conversations, not just about tech in our lives, but ways to help build in our kids' critical thinking, empathy, communication skills, and I’m just a strong believer that listening to podcasts together and then discussing them can be a really terrific way to do that. It's also a way to celebrate one of the pearls of our tech revolution: the ability of people to become podcasters and to share science, stories, advice, and more.
     

    • 9 min
    Summer Reset — Online and Offline

    Summer Reset — Online and Offline

    Youth will have more time to breathe and explore their interests beyond school, but so often, downtime becomes screen time. Summer’s wide open time spans can heighten battles over technology use. This is the perfect time to revisit your family rules, see what’s working and what’s not, and come up with summer guidelines.
     

    • 9 min
    One Girl's Experience With Online Gaming And Strangers

    One Girl's Experience With Online Gaming And Strangers

    In today’s episode, Dr. Ruston talks with an 11-year-old girl, Mira, regarding what she likes about the popular gaming platform Roblox and the video game Minecraft. Mira also shares experiences she’s had with strangers while gaming. Mira discusses specific encounters and how she has handled such situations. Mira’s mom joins for part of the episode. If you have kids who do online gaming, listening to this episode with them can help spark important conversations.

    • 17 min

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