The Series

"Generation Z" is the first generation to live in a world with the Internet and cell phones since birth. And some kids have never known a world without social media. Today, parents find themselves in a game of catch-up, trying to stay two clicks ahead of their kids.

Some now wonder if being connected to social media is the connection to the rise in anxiety and depression among "Generation Z-ers." It has left parents asking, how much is too much for their kid?

This episode of "The Series" dives into the lives of four "Gen Z-ers" to get their take on the pressures of social media. Their stories are raw, real, and unvarnished.

4 PART EPISODE + 10 YRs OF DATA + FACTS + POLL + EXTENDED INTERVIEWS

Social Pressure Part 1: Tragedy hits Grants

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Social Pressure Part 2: Drugs, Guns & Online Bullying

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Social Pressure Part 3: Who's influencing your kids?

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Social Pressure Part 4: Should kids unplug from social media?

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APS SUICIDE REFERRALS

According to Albuquerque Public Schools, any district employee who knows of a suicide threat is to report the information immediately to the counselor at the school the student attends. In a public records request, KRQE News 13 obtained the number of Referrals schools have reported for ten years. We took that data and created an interactive map that you can pause on a year, hover-over a school, and see the referrals for that year for that school.


YOU MAY NOT KNOW THAT…


EXTENDED INTERVIEWS


QUICK POLLS


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Parents: Ask your phone company what they can do? Example: Can you monitor your child’s text messages?

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CREDITS

Reporter – Crystal Gutierrez
Executive Producer - Iain Munro
Producers - Sara Montoya, Crystal Gutierrez
Contributing Editor – Tommy Garcia
Digital Content Producers – Allison Giron, Paulette Mastio, Sara Rose