Back-to-School: Connecting with Your "Screenagers"

What Parents Are Saying — Prevention Wisdom, Authenticity, and Empowerment

Aug 25 2023 • 53 mins

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Delaney Ruston and Ms.Lisa Tabb, creators of the Screenagers movie series, about the recent release of Screenagers: Under the Influence. In the film they focus on how alcohol, drugs, and vaping are being portrayed in the media, what parents should know, and provide ideas to take action. This is the perfect conversation as we all get ready to go back to school.

A filmmaker, author, and Stanford-trained physician, Dr. Ruston has created award-winning documentaries for social change over the past 25 years, with a focus on topics concerning mental health, fIn addition, she serves as a primary care physician for underserved teens and adults in Seattle, WA.

Ms. Lisa Tabb has been a storytelling entrepreneur for more than 30 years. In addition to a news media career in San Francisco,CA, Lisa has co-produced the three Screenager movies with Dr. Ruston and also co-directed the most recent Screenagers: Under the Influence film.

Together, they have sparked a movement around screen time, teen mental health, and now underage substance use with these movies. Over 9 million young kids and adults have viewed these films in community screenings in over 100 countries.

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