Screenagers Podcast

By 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.

Episode Date
Tips From A Therapist Of Teens With Problematic Tech Use

These days Dr. Ruston hears parents’ concerns around all the video gaming their kids are doing — as well as social media and other screen time.  Some are worried about the risks of them developing an addiction to technology. Today, Dr. Ruston talks with show Ed Spector,  Psy.D., a psychologist who has specialized in working with young people who are struggling with problematic video gaming and the internet for over a decade.  What is gaming disorder, and why do roughly 50% of teens report feeling addicted to technology? Most importantly, what strategies does Dr. Spector use with his clients that can help all parents help their kids gain more balance in their tech lives, particularly now during COVID?

Dec 26, 2020
Inoculating Youth With The Truth About Vaccines

False information about vaccines has been around before social media, but now it can spread that much faster. The results have been deadly. We all want safe and effective vaccines against COVID.  Today Dr. Ruston breaks down some of the false information around vaccines, explores amazing vaccine history, and relates this all to COVID. We also hear from kids and from a renowned vaccine researcher, Dr. Parker Small.

Nov 13, 2020
How To Spot And Stop The Spread of Disinformation

Now more than ever, it is crucial to have the ability to spot disinformation on the internet. How skillful are our kids at spotting disinformation? In this episode, we meet the director of the Stanford History Education Group, Joel Breakstone, PhD, who has researched this topic — and it is not pretty. His team has analyzed how college students, historians, and fact-checkers evaluate websites in order to create effective strategies for spotting disinformation. We learn why the C.R.A.P. Test is outdated, and we hear from teens about how they decide not to reshare a post on social media.

Oct 08, 2020
New Science On Sleep, Our Kids, And What To Do

With back to school starting, and with all the online and offline stressors our kids are facing, this show is about improving their well-being by focusing on healthy sleep. Have your kids and teens listen to this show with you! Hear fascinating insights from Dr. Judy Owens, the Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, and a neurology professor at Harvard Medical School. Explore the latest brain research with neuroscientist Adrian Galvan from UCLA and hear ideas from parents and a teen. Learn new ideas around increasing your child’s chance of getting brain nourishing sleep now — during these incredibly challenging times — and into the future.

Aug 28, 2020
Absolute Yes To Fighting Less

Arguments in the home about screen time are common and more so when school is in session, so 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, Delaney talks with one of her favorite parenting experts, Dr. Tammy Fisher Huson, about a strategy that Delaney learned from Tammy in the past and has made a real difference in Delaney’s own home. 

*And one quick note, past episodes were intentionally created for parents to listen to with their kids but this one is more geared for parents. That said, if you do share it with your kids or teens it may spark a helpful conversation about how your communication is going. 

Aug 10, 2020
How Influencers Make All Their Money, And Why It’s Important

It is a brand new world where regular people of all ages can become stars on the internet overnight. But how do young influencers become brand marketers? Is it different for female and male influencers? Kids and teens feel connected and trust YouTubers they follow, but are they aware they are being marketed to? And, how is this type of marketing affecting our kids' self-esteem? Today’s guests include a talent manager for influencers who gives a behind the scenes look at these questions, along with teens who share their personal experiences.

Jul 30, 2020
TikTok's Allure (and How Two Teens Cut Back)

Time on TikTok has been skyrocketing. Why is it attracting such huge numbers of teens? What positives can happen on the app, and what are some of the risks? The sheer amount of time it consumes is what most young people say is TikTok’s biggest downside. On today’s show, Dr. Delaney Ruston speaks with two teenagers, Marie and Manisha, who answer these questions and others. Delaney puts on her metaphorical doctor’s coat when both girls share that they want to change their behavior on TikTok. Delaney helps them decide a plan of action, and then we flash forward to hear how they did with their goals. 

Jul 10, 2020
Brain Biology and Preventing Excessive Video Gaming

Why do some kids and teens get overly frustrated and bored when it’s time to turn off their video games? How to know when game playing has become excessive? What are tips that all families should know for ensuring healthy videogame play? In today’s episode, Physician Delaney Ruston explores these issues along with a new model of brain biology to help explain irritability and boredom associated with video gaming.  We hear from teens along with psychiatrist Dr. Clifford Sussman who specializes in helping young people regain tech balance.  We also hear from Andrew Fulton who was in the film, Screenagers, when he was getting treatment at an internet rehab center, and is now working at the same center helping others recover from videogame overuse.

Jul 01, 2020