The entire program is available for viewing online (Windows Media and RealPlayer users, try here) and its companion site has numerous links to more information that may be helpful for both parents and teenagers.
The short version of the program's message is that the adolescent brain is still developing, and parents may be able to respond with more empathy to the sometimes frustrating behaviors of their teens if they know some things about this process. While we have to exercise caution when attempting to translate neuroscience research into prescriptions for parenting or teaching, the conversation about teen brain development is an important one, and parents may actually find it quite uplifting.
Those looking for additional resources might want to try these links:
- A Work in Progress: The Teen Brain (2008) in Harvard Magazine
- Teenage Brains (2011) in National Geographic Magazine
- Inside the Teenage Brain (2010) in Parade Magazine
- The Teen Brain: It's Just Not Grown Up Yet (2010) NPR