Screenagers: An Evening at the Movies with Our Teen Tech Users.

Screenager is the new Buzz Word for Teen Tech-Addiction

What is it that teens, teachers and parents alike appreciate about Screenagers, the award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of technology addiction, and teen obsession with video gaming, and constant connected-ness to cellphone and social media?

With an even handed and open minded approach this film investigates these various issues and the differing challenges that each one presents, and offers solutions on how we can help ourselves and our kids navigate the unexpectedly overwhelming challenges of our digital world.

We took our teen family members to a screening at a local highschool one evening recently, and as the photo shows, we were the first ones to arrive in the auditorium, and the kids were initially more interested in dashing out to the lobby to load up with popcorn before committing to settling in one seat for 67 entire minutes, and especially, it seemed, to avoid looking over eager to see the film.

But everyone actually did find it interesting, and we were especially intrigued to hear what they had to say about the film afterwards. Both our young girls and older teen boys felt that that the documentary was unusually generous in allowing the dozens of kids interviewed in the video to have a voice in the issues. And we couldn’t help noticing that they also simply enjoyed a night out at the movies, with popcorn and pizza, and watching how the other teens in the audience were reacting to the information, sometimes with groans, sometimes with laughter, but always with close attention.

So, as a starting point, simply feeling that the kids’ point of view was well represented helped them be receptive to hearing more about how teen brains worked, how technology altered its function, and how the teen mice in research studies were similarly impacted with the same EMF exposure issues that developing teen brains were. In fact, that particular study, showing that baby mice exposed to screen time developed fewer braincells in the areas of learning and memory, AND that the condition remained permanent, was a fact that really stuck with them.

Researchers, Teachers and other trained child professionals gave experienced advice throughout the film on understanding kids needs and challenges in our modern world of rampant technology, and offered practical tips on situation specific solutions.

Delaney Ruskin M.D., is the starring-mom, director and one of the producers of this film and it in we follow her 12 year old daughter, Tessa, in her impassioned quest to have a cellphone “like all her friends”, and her teenage son who’s already fallen under the irresistible spell of video gaming, as their family goes through the everyday challenges of the allure of technology that we can all relate to, and come out the other side with actionable addiction-busing solutions.


Our teens were also intrigued to discover that in this highschool, where we attended the screening, the Screenagers film had been brought in at the specific request of students, through a student-run organization called the “Student Health Club” that had as one of its stated goals a way to interface with the school administrators whenever key student health and wellbeing issues were concerned. The students themselves had not only requested this screening but also helped to raise funds to bring it to the school. The evening’s screening event was initiated, hosted, promoted and managed entirely by the students, including the opening introduction and closing discussion, and during the entire event only a rare staff member could be seen.

This documentary, first released in 2017 and still going strong, has never been made available for sale to the public on DVD, it is not sold in stores, or streamed on Netflix. It is only available by renting it from the producers, and the cost is . This is intentional, since the producers, MyDoc Films, believe that parent/teacher/student dialog is essential to getting a grasp on the important issues of technology addiction, and providing effective ongoing support to the users.

And its nontraditional marketing philosophy is definitely succeeding. In its first year alone, 2017, it was screened more than 5,000 times to over half a million people. And today, not only is it still gaining momentum in its marketplace, it has also spawned a sequel, Screenagers Chapter Two, where audiences again follow follow physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital age. In this second film she deals specifically with the growing stress, anxiety and depression experienced by millions of young people, which has been linked to digital device use.

Dr Ruston’s films are designed to be screened in a group setting, and anyone can host a screening, either free or for an admission charge to cover costs or as a fund raiser, at their school, church, or even in their private home. Many other meeting places, like public libraries and community centers, offer free meeting space as long as the event is open to the public at no charge. You rent the film simply by requesting it, and they also offer online ticket sales services and other material to assist you in organizing your event, in addition to audience handouts, discussion group material, even an (optional) in-person visit to your event by Dr Ruskin herself.

For more information on finding a Screenager film screening in your area go to:

For more information on how hosting a screening works you can go to:
EMF Expert News Article – Screenagers and find out how this new method of intervention for teen tech-addiction can provide answers to real concerns.

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Patricia Young

Patricia Young is the author of several books that you'd find if you were wandering in the self-help section of your bookstore. Among the far ranging subjects her work has covered the most popular topics with her audiences is health self care. Her writings on biological protection from EMF radiation have been called "a lifeline for today's wireless technology users adrift in the rising sea of Electromagnetic exposure".
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