Transcript for Documentary Takes New Look at Impact of Technology on Kids
To you to a big headline for parents this morning about your kids and all that screen time. Experts are now saying, yes, it could hurt their very many and one mom is trying to turn it all around with her new movie "Screenagers." Reena ninan is here with her story. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. I will be the first to admit it, I was in the middle of a wedding reception and pulled out my iPad to keep the kids entertained. How bad can that really be? Come on. Apparently now there's science showing just what technology is doing to our kids. All started with one question. What new phone to get my daughter. Reporter: As a physician Delaney is used to diagnosing problem answer solving them of the as a mom to teens Tessa and chase she struggled with the dilemma facing many Americans, how much technology is too much for her kids? I was completely struggling with how to get my kids to not be on screens all the time. Reporter: In a fascinating new movie called "Screenagers" she shows their desire for screen time. What would you do with it. I will be cool and I'd be able to look busy in awkward situations. Reporter: The science of how it can actually affect young minds. You can't have the conversations that would lead to the development of empathy and self. There's a release of dopamine in the area around the smart 7 phone pulling out answer glancing at it because you want that release of the pleasure producing chemical. Reporter: Kids spend nearly 6.5 hours on screens not including screen time for classroom or homework. Screenagers find plenty of parents sharing the struggle from parents frustrated by the teens' selfie culture. I haven't seen her taking a real feet at the of anything but herself. Reporter: To playing too many video games. When I tried to stop him he turns into another person. Reporter: She found the best way to manage her own family's screen use is having boundaries which include a family contract they designed together. We don't have cell phones in our bedrooms at night. Not at the dining room table and also when we're in the car. Reporter: It isn't always easy. I wish I had unlimited access but I recognize and understand that the rules are there for legitimate reasons. It's still a struggle at times but now it feels like we're a group doing this together. Reporter: And the film also tackles issues that come with a lot of screen time like online bullying and screen addiction making so many of us really just because they're hanging out in their rooms doesn't mean they're fully safe. They're in another world inside there. Thank you so much, Reena.
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