New documentary tackles the depression teens face due to social media

"Screenagers: The Next Chapter" explores what people are learning about kids, technology and growing up.
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Thank you, Eva. We move to a look at a new documentary about teen, social media, anxiety and depression called "Screenagers: The next chapter." Becky Worley sat down and is with us. Reporter: It's a story that resonates for all parents. I know this will sound familiar to you as a parent I want to support my kids. I ask a million questions. They give one-word answers and when they finally talk, I somehow say the wrong thing and it's a huge argument. The maker of the documentary "Screenagers" has made another movie to help us struggling parents find our way. Screenagers, the 2016 documentary about kids and screens has been shown 9,000 times to more than 4 million people. It's an ongoing movement of what I see as the biggest challenge of parenting right now. All my friends have it. Makes me feel a lot more connected and -- the world is my friend. Reporter: The woman who made the movie thought she had her family well in order until her daughter Tessa starting to struggle. Dr. Delaney Ruston con called her daughter's depression and the alarming rise in teen anxiety. Depression and suicide. In a new dork "Screenagers next chapter." Getting that diagnosis of like a doctor being, yes, you do have anxiety. That was validating for me. Reporter: A major takeaway, kids who feel like they can't talk to anyone, even their parents. I don't know. I try not to be emotional because I try to like be strong for her. I was amazed how many months into her depression. I assumed she was talking to a friend or someone and she said, no, I haven't told anyone. Reporter: Tessa tried expressing her feelings on social media. Crickets was almost how it felt to me who tried so hard to say, look, I'm not perfect at all and they're like, oh, we love you. We're here for you. Reporter: But that didn't cut it. To be on this journey learning from them -- Reporter: At the film's premiere, parents say they see the issues with mental health and screens firsthand. Like a normal part of being a middle schooler is to talk about panic attacks. Their faces are always in front of that stuff and that's informing how they do themselves and what is normal around them. Reporter: But there are solutions. You talk a lot about validation. What does that mean to you? I often just use the phrase that sounds really hard. And it works wonders. I can just see the aggravation, the sadness kind of melt from her. Some of the things my parents said that really helped in the moments of hardship were, a, you're doing the best you can for where you're at and what tools you have. My mom especially would reiterate that I wouldn't be feeling this way if I had the choice. They need us to listen, to ask open questions, to validate their struggle and sometimes, George, they just need us to witness the messiness they're going through without offering solutions. All good advice. What else do you think parents can do? Well, they said that you should praise teens with specifics just like when they were toddlers, catch them doing something good, don't give up on finding ways to limit screen time even if you think that ship has sailed and learn how to tolerate a teen's strong emotions. I think about this, I have to hold my center so my kids can learn to hold theirs. Pretty good advice. Often the hardest part right there. Becky, thanks very much.

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