SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

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"Screenagers is a very balanced, sympathetic and sane look at the way millions of teens are struggling with phones and games and technology in general. In part by letting the teens themselves speak about their own concerns and solutions. Screenagers is deeply affecting, too." — Dave Eggers,  Author

"As the mother of three kids—two of them teenagers—I’ve noticed that whenever I get together with other parents, the conversation ends up turning to our kids’ screen time. We’re all worried about how much is too much. For any of you wrestling with this issue, I loved the documentary, Screenagers. It combines smart insights and practical tips for raising happy, healthy, technologically-empowered teens." Melinda Gates

"It's a MUST SEE for anyone with kids in their lives!" — Martha Adams, Chief Creative Officer for Girl Rising

"I saw Screenagers two days ago at my son's school PS276 NYC.  It was an incredible eye opener... it pointed out exactly what we are dealing with in my family. ..  This already has brought changes into our life."— Kirsten R. C. , New York Parent

"I had a chance to see Screenagers at my children’s high school and was inspired to spread the message to other parents. The screening was easy to setup and we had many Lucasfilm families attend the screening and discussion." — Kevin Clark, Director of IT, Lucasfilm, Creators of Star Wars 

"The humorous but sobering 68-minute movie...examines the impact of the time the average kid spends each day looking at screens NOT including homework — a whopping 6.5 hours — as well as the way screen use is affecting concentration, development and family relationships. Each screening of the movie “sold out” within hours, reflecting how concerning the issue of adolescent digital screen overuse is for Brookline students and parents."— Karen Campbell and June Harris, B-PEN co-coordinators

"i have been very concerned about this issue and as I'm a geneticist I'm very interested in the science behind it. The film is REMARKABLE: thoughtful, provocative and beautifully filmed and edited."   Beth T., Geneticist at UCSF Children’s Hospital

"Screenagers is very informative and I liked how it included video games in the movie. I saw the film at my science camp this summer." —Eshan Tivakaran, 15 years old, Plainview NY


DELANEY RUSTON MD, Filmmaker of Screenagers

Delaney Ruston is a Stanford trained physician and social change documentary filmmaker who got the idea to make Screenagers while struggling with her kids over screen time. Looking around she saw the trends of more kids getting smart phones, more tech in schools, and more homework online and wondered what all this screen time meant. As a physician she wanted to understand the science of tech time on children’s development and as a mom she wanted to know what to do. Ultimately Delaney made Screenagers because she believes deeply in the importance of helping kids find balance in our tech-filled world.  She is passionate about having the film be a vehicle to bring together parents, educators and kids so that change can happen not just in our homes but in our schools and communities too. FULL BIO 




The drug like effect of screen time on the teenage brain ...
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Kids inspired to do digital detox after seeing Screenagers...
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Revealing the impact of Screens and New Tech on Kids’ Development ... 
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I spoke with Dr. Ruston ... about the surprising insights she learned making this film
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