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2021’s Most Popular Blogs Posts and Podcast Episodes

Delaney Ruston, MD
December 28, 2021
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I first want to say thank you — thank you for being a part of the Screenagers movement, which is about finding ways we can best support kids’ healthy development in our tech revolution. 

The Screenagers movement continues to be all about using share-tactics rather than scare-tactics. We understand that kids often just tune us out when we rely on scare tactics, such as talking in the extremes or presenting issues as black and white. Instead, by using what I call share-tactics which is where we share stories and science that are more nuanced, we can engage kids more effectively. In turn, that engagement helps our kids be more insightful about our digital age and prone to make healthier choices over the long term. 

This is my 304th blog since I began writing my Tech Talk Tuesday in 2016. Of the 51 posts in 2021, today, I share the 14 most popular of the year. Meanwhile, I hope you know that at the top of any page on www.ScreenagersMovie.com, you will find a search box where you can put in keywords to find MANY topics around screen time issues and mental health topics. 

In addition, I am sharing 5 of the most popular episodes of the Screenagers Podcast of 2021. I have immense gratitude to the thought leaders, scientists, adults, and youth who have come on the show, AND I have immense gratitude to all you listeners. Getting your emails of appreciation has been such fun, and hearing how you have shared them with others always makes us so happy. 

Here are the most popular Tech Talk Tuesday blog posts of the year. 

  1. WHEN TWO PARENTS GOT RID OF THEIR XBOX

Two parents decided to reverse course two years ago and let their two teen boys know that their Xbox was getting put away indefinitely. Why did they do this, and how did it go?

  1. WHAT IS FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM NOT TELLING US ABOUT “LIKES”?

In this TTT,  I write about what the Facebook Files tells us about what Facebook and Instagram know about “Likes” and what they are not telling us, and solutions on how we can help our youth with “Likes.”

  1. DISCORD, TWITCH, AND MENTAL HEALTH, WHAT TO KNOW

In this TTT, I  explore what Discord and Twitch are, some of the risks of the platforms, some ways to mitigate risks, and some ideas for helping your youth make sound decisions when using these platforms.

  1. 3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR KIDS ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION

Many schools around the country are doing a 180-degree shift regarding suicide prevention education — and this is good! It was practically unheard of just five years ago. That said, it is not yet everywhere, and that is why reading this blog and talking with your children is so important.

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  1. IS ANXIETY DRIVING YOUR PARENTING?

Parenting is inherently anxiety-provoking. But feeling anxious at times is different than letting anxiety control the way we parent. In this TTT, I share some true stories that demonstrate this and offer ideas on preventing anxiety from taking hold of our parenting steering wheels. 

  1. TWO MOMS, TWO EXPERIMENTS IN LESS SCREEN TIME

When my friend Jamie started Screen-Free Sundays, she planned to try it out just for a month so she wouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the experiment. Hear how this went for Jamie and her family. I also write about a mom in Alaska who prioritizes reading in her family in all sorts of ways — and keeping screens at bay when they read. 

  1. SOCIAL ENGINEERING VERSUS HELICOPTERING

Since COVID began, many children have been struggling when it comes to in-person social activities. This can be tricky for us parents — especially when our kids are teens. The last thing we want to do is helicopter parenting, but there is a role for our social engineering at times. In this TTT, I examine the fine art of social engineering. 

  1. WHEN WE JUDGE MOMS ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH...

Every one of us parents has experienced episodes of pain because of our child’s pain. Our pain becomes exponentially worse when our kids face things such as serious mood challenges, drug challenges, etc. Add to that, parents often feel judged by others for what is happening with their child. Moms have traditionally been the brunt of judgment. In this TTT, I share a story about what happened with three sisters and me and one of their daughters who has battled anxiety and depression.

  1. TRUTHS AND MYTHS ABOUT CYBERBULLYING

In this TTT, I speak with a psychologist and researcher who has been working for decades to understand and prevent bullying. The word cyberbullying gets used A LOT by young people, and sometimes it's misused. There are many surprising and useful insights in this TTT. 

  1. MY KID WON'T SOCIALIZE, WON'T EXERCISE, WON'T...

Pre, during, or post COVID, it’s equally challenging for us when our kids and teens resist what we know will help them. How do external rewards fit into all of this? Don’t rewards just crush internal motivation? And while we might “win” in the short term, aren’t we messing them up in the long run? And how does some clever social engineering as a parent fit into all this?

  1. RECOVERED GAMING ADDICT SHARES INSIGHTS

Cam Adair‘s video gaming habit took over his life as a teenager. After several years and the help of counselors and family, he was able to quit. He’s now devoted his life to helping others quit and/or reduce their video gaming. He shares helpful insights for kids, teens, and parents in this TTT.

  1. EVERY CHILD 10 AND UP NEEDS TO KNOW

It is important to think and talk about this difficult subject with our kids this month. In this TTT,  I present ideas about having such a conversation along with a link to a section of Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER that is dear to my heart and touches those adults and youth who see it.

  1. WHY WE CARE ABOUT VIOLENCE IN VIDEO GAMES AND SHOWS

In this TTT, learn about findings on the effects on our youth of violence in video games and shows, the upsides and downsides of being desensitized to violence and aggression, and learn about hostile attribution bias.

  1. A PEEK INTO MY TECH HABITS

A new year is always a good time to look at our habits and consider goals. Some readers had asked me about my tech habits, which prompted me to write this TTT at the start of 2021. 

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Here are 2021’s  top 5 episodes of the Screenagers Podcast

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  1. One Girl's Experience With Online Gaming And Strangers

In this episode, I talk 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.

  1. Recovered Gaming Addict Shares His Story And Advice 

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 working to ensure a balanced life for their child.

  1. 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 and whatnot. In today’s episode, I seek to understand how violence impacts our youth. We hear from one of my favorite researchers in this area, Douglas Gentile, Ph.D., a child psychologist who has been doing groundbreaking research in this field for over 25 years.

  1. One Family’s Weekly Unplugging Ritual

This show is with Tiffany Shlain, the founder of the Webby Awards, a filmmaker, and the author of the book 24/6, and her daughter, Odessa. 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.

  1. Why Care About Social And Emotional Learning?

With Covid, teens’ absence from school has contributed to a rise in more emotional challenges than ever before. Providing our teens with tools to address such challenges is crucial. Studies show that Social and Emotional Learning, called SEL, can help improve emotional wellbeing, academics, and more. In this podcast, In this episode, I talk with Jordan Posamentier, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Committee for Children, about what constitutes effective SEL programs and how specifically all of us can advocate for getting SEL into all schools.

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2021’s Most Popular Blogs Posts and Podcast Episodes

Delaney Ruston, MD
December 28, 2021
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I first want to say thank you — thank you for being a part of the Screenagers movement, which is about finding ways we can best support kids’ healthy development in our tech revolution. 

The Screenagers movement continues to be all about using share-tactics rather than scare-tactics. We understand that kids often just tune us out when we rely on scare tactics, such as talking in the extremes or presenting issues as black and white. Instead, by using what I call share-tactics which is where we share stories and science that are more nuanced, we can engage kids more effectively. In turn, that engagement helps our kids be more insightful about our digital age and prone to make healthier choices over the long term. 

This is my 304th blog since I began writing my Tech Talk Tuesday in 2016. Of the 51 posts in 2021, today, I share the 14 most popular of the year. Meanwhile, I hope you know that at the top of any page on www.ScreenagersMovie.com, you will find a search box where you can put in keywords to find MANY topics around screen time issues and mental health topics. 

In addition, I am sharing 5 of the most popular episodes of the Screenagers Podcast of 2021. I have immense gratitude to the thought leaders, scientists, adults, and youth who have come on the show, AND I have immense gratitude to all you listeners. Getting your emails of appreciation has been such fun, and hearing how you have shared them with others always makes us so happy. 

Here are the most popular Tech Talk Tuesday blog posts of the year. 

  1. WHEN TWO PARENTS GOT RID OF THEIR XBOX

Two parents decided to reverse course two years ago and let their two teen boys know that their Xbox was getting put away indefinitely. Why did they do this, and how did it go?

  1. WHAT IS FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM NOT TELLING US ABOUT “LIKES”?

In this TTT,  I write about what the Facebook Files tells us about what Facebook and Instagram know about “Likes” and what they are not telling us, and solutions on how we can help our youth with “Likes.”

  1. DISCORD, TWITCH, AND MENTAL HEALTH, WHAT TO KNOW

In this TTT, I  explore what Discord and Twitch are, some of the risks of the platforms, some ways to mitigate risks, and some ideas for helping your youth make sound decisions when using these platforms.

  1. 3 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR KIDS ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION

Many schools around the country are doing a 180-degree shift regarding suicide prevention education — and this is good! It was practically unheard of just five years ago. That said, it is not yet everywhere, and that is why reading this blog and talking with your children is so important.

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