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.
Two Moms, Two Experiments In Less Screen Time
A few weeks ago a dear friend shared with me about her screen-free family Sundays with her twin nine-year-olds, 14-year-old and 16-year-old. When Jamie started Screen-Free Sundays, they planned to just try it out for a month so she wouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the experiment. I also talk with a mom in Alaska who prioritized reading in her family in all sorts of ways — and keeping screens at bay when they read. Hear how the experiments have gone in this week’s podcast.
Parents In Conflict Over Screen Time
We've all heard the importance of parents showing a united front to their kids about rules. It’s a good thing to be united, but what about when you’re not? In this episode, Dr. Ruston looks at strategies parents can turn to when in disagreement — whether married or divorced. We gain insights from clinical psychologist Laura Kastner, Ph.D., and school counselor Tammy Fisher Huson, Ph.D. and we hear from the researcher, Doug Gentile, who followed 1400 families for a year regarding family rules.
One Family’s Weekly Unplugging Ritual
We are doing episodes on ways families experiment with having specific times for more togetherness and less screen interference. Today’s show is with Tiffany Shlain and her daughter, Odessa. Tiffany is the founder of the Webby Awards, a filmmaker, and the author of the book 24/6. The podcast explores her family’s weekly ritual of unplugging Friday night to Saturday evening for “Tech Shabbat.” Tiffany and Odessa explain the what, why, and how of their weekly practice.
Calling All Kids And Adults: Let’s Rethink Cyberbullying
When it comes to cyberbullying, what's fact and what's fiction? What do all kids need to know about how to handle online cruelty and how to help those getting targeted? And what can parents and schools do to be most helpful? To answer these and other questions, Dr. Ruston speaks with psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Englander, who has spent decades researching and writing books on these topics.
Recovered Gaming Addict Shares His Story And Advice
Frustrated with his obsession with video gaming, Cam Adair wrote a post about his struggles that went viral. This led to his starting a movement that has brought together thousands to work to create a balanced life at Gamequitters.com. Cam is an international speaker to youth and their parents about video gaming. Today he shares his powerful personal story along with his wealth of insights for any youth who enjoys video gaming and any parent who is working to ensure a balanced life for their child.
Violence In Video Games And Shows, Why Should We Care?
Everyone knows that many young people play video games based on violent themes, and that shows have far more violence than when adults were kids. When COVID hit, many parents started to allow their kids to play games that they wouldn't have before COVID just because it has been such a source of connection. Dr. Ruston wants to understand how that this violence impacts youth. We hear from Douglas Gentile, Ph.D., a child psychologist who has been doing groundbreaking research in this field for over 25 years.
Well-informed and Relatable
As a physician and parent, Delaney has been there and does a wonderful job sharing personal and professional wisdom. I’m so glad to have her practical approach in this podcast format!
A MUST LISTEN
Everyone should be listening to this podcast as it is simply amazing.
These are the key issues we should be considering and discussing for the mental and physical health of the future generation.