Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.
In Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.
We witness Delaney as she finds her way from ineffective parenting to much-improved strategies. We follow other personal stories of families from an array of backgrounds with a spectrum of emotional challenges. We also observe approaches in schools that provide strategies relevant beyond the classroom setting. Interwoven into the stories are surprising insights from brain researchers, psychologists, and thought leaders that reveal evidence-based ways to support mental wellness among our youth. The impact of social media and other screen time is incorporated in all the topics raised in Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER, how it may be impacting our teens’ mental health, and what we can do to help foster youth in the face of struggles.
Facts from Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER include:
Since 2011, there has been a 59% increase in teens reporting depressive symptoms
Scientific data shows that 2+ hours a day on social media correlates with a higher chance of having unhappy feelings
Teens say their main way of coping with stress is to turn to a screen—this is concerning for many reasons and we need to ensure they have other coping skills
Some schools are implementing innovative programs, such as wellness clubs, where teens teach their peers essential communication skills, like conflict resolution and relationship building
State of the art therapies, including mindfulness, exposure therapy, and behavior activation, are being used to successfully treat anxiety and depression and yet many teens and adults don’t know that these proven interventions exist
REQUEST A SCREENING OF SCREENAGERS: NEXT CHAPTER
There are a limited number of dates available over the course of the next 12 months for a Rice Psychology Group facilitated Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER event. Don’t wait until the material in this documentary is no longer relevant; book an event for your community now.
Please fill out the form using the button below to express your interest in hosting a Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER event and let us know what you have in mind. Dr. Rice will be in contact to discuss details with you.
Screenagers Next Chapter
Dr. Wendy Rice, a licensed psychologist who has been practicing since 1996 and founder of Rice Psychology Group, leads a dynamic and engaging conversation with your community around Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER.
Your organization can spearhead a crucial movement in your community when you host a screening facilitated by Dr. Rice. You may be asking yourself what sets this documentary apart from others.
Here are just a few more facts from Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER:
When teens suppress emotions, research shows it negatively impacts their school work and other cognitive tasks
Just like toddlers’ brains are primed to learn languages, teenage brains are primed for learning skills to navigate complicated emotions
A recent study shows that when parents jump in, their stress goes down but their kid’s stress goes up
Why it’s important to help teens get comfortable feeling uncomfortable
Forward-thinking, concrete solutions for parents, counselors, and educators
What Others Are Saying
Feedback from the audience has been overwhelming:
“This is powerful stuff. Really dives into the emotions, including stress, anxiety, and depression, that students feel and are unable to express or develop resiliency to those feelings. I love the format - focused on student and parent interviews with input from medical professionals and observations from adults. I walked away with things to think about and strategies to use not only as a parent but also as an educator. I would anticipate some major "aha" moments among every audience member”—Jill S., Technology Integrationist, Holdingford Public Schools, MN
"We were all very impressed with the way the important topics were presented and how relatable the stories were for both students and parents."— Sandra Rubin, Director of Parent Relations, Quarry Lane School, CA
"I found it to be very powerful and validating for both teens and parents," - Louise K., Social Worker for Vancouver Island Health Authority, BC
"I think it really captures the struggles we see parents and students having across the board. I appreciated the ‘hope’ parents/kids felt at the end" — Renee B., Teacher, Baldwinsville Central School District, NY
“The issues are tough ones to address, but I think the film did a great job on them. There were several times I had tears in my eyes from the very personal feelings shared by the people. There was a lot of good information”—Katielyn B., Buist Academy Foundation, SC
“Watched the whole thing the other night. It was as eye-opening as the first [Screenagers].” —Erik P., Principal Harmony Elementary, NJ