Transcript for Teens share struggles during COVID-19 quarantine
This is help when you need it. Back on "Gma" and now to connecting in quarantine. With stay-at-home orders putting extra stress on families, some teenagers are really struggling, yearning for social interaction at this critical point in their lives. So, we asked some of these quaran-teens to make video diaries. Becky Worley joins us from San Francisco with their stories and how you can reach out to them. Good morning, Becky. Always good to see you. Uh-huh. Good morning, robin. One assessment of teens is that at this point in their development they are biologically driven to break from their families and connect with their peers so 24/7 at home with parents, limited access to friends, a lot of uncertainty and all the fun stuff taken away, oh, boy. These are the towels, a family of five we met in San Francisco, California. With older sister anu, 15 and coal, 14. Quarantine for these two have been challenging? We don't know when it's going to be over. I don't know if I'll ever be able to see my friends again. Reporter: They're trying to find the good times. Right now I'm an a zoom call with my friends and playing strible. Reporter: Living so cooped up is not easy. For teens it's the opposite of what experts say they should be doing. Everything about social distancing at some level arrest what is is totally developmentally appropriate for so we're asking them to just kind of go against their instincts, sequesters themselves with parents and try to enjoy themselves and that's a really tough pivot for a lot of them. Reporter: We asked teens to record video diaries about their experiences and they're struggling. 1:00 P.M., I just woke up and I'm bored out of my mind. I really wish I could hang out with some friends but that's illegal now so -- There has been plenty of days where I also like haven't been able to get out of bed. Reporter: The uncertainty is unnerving. I'm just worried about what's going to happen in the coming months and seeing how else my life is going to be impacted. What scares me the most is my grandparents getting it. Reporter: She media also asked quarantine-teens to document life now, especially distance learning. Although you would expect it to be less stressful because you'd have more time to do homework, somehow I feel like teachers are being compensating by giving us more work. For me homeschooling has been really difficult. I've had a really hard time focusing. Reporter: They also miss the fun stuff especially sports. You're not only taking away just the exercise and the sports but also a lot of those critical, you know, kind of certainly developmental milestones that teenagers are trying to hit. Because the whole pandemic situation, all of it has been canceled. I've been working out at this home gym we have shooting around with this old basket. I really miss my teammates. I'm really bummed the season got canceled. Reporter: As these teens struggle to find a path forward their parents struggling too wonder how to best support them. It's so important to hear what they're thinking and feeling right now. This is bigger than any of us. It's about listening and as my son said just two nights ago, just listen, mom. I need to vent. Good advice, right, robin? I know. I know. These videos, they really open up. But you asked this, what can parents do to help their kids through this difficult time? It's tough, but the experts at child mind institute we talked to had some really good first acknowledge you know it's frustrating for them to be cut off from friend, listen to what they're feeling and validate those feelings. Another piece of advice, give them autonomy in small ways. One of the girls said I just stay up late and I legally find my own time from 12:30 to 1:30 in the morning. Give them a sleep schedule they want and let them exercise outside alone as long as they're being safe and about exclusive, it's absolutely critical for your whole family right now and not just the physicality of it, just, you know, you're an athlete, robin, finding ways to play, it's the release that our minds and bodies need. Yeah, yeah, that's true. So how did you answer your son when he said that to you? You're right, you're right. Zip it. Imperfect parenting. No, not at all. Not at all. Hey, we're all doing the best that we can. But thank you for that invaluable, invaluable insight. Very helpful there, Becky. Thank you.
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