Is there a time and a place you unplug each day? Each week?

Tech Talk Tuesday #42
Can you unplug for an hour, a day, a week...a month?

With Thanksgiving this week, it is a good time to think about the various practices of “unplugging." 

To help find times to unplug, a good starting point is to think more about when our kids are not on screens during each day, rather than when they are on screens. From there it's easier to set guidelines around unplugging. I’ve heard about many creative approaches to unplugging:

  • Tech Shabbat is a term coined by the filmmaker Tiffany Shlain who unplugs with her family from Friday night until Saturday at sunset.
  • There is a National Day of Unplugging in early March where everyone across the U.S. is encouraged to unplug for that one  day. 
  • Last week I spoke with psychiatrist Victoria Dunkley author of Reset Your Child's Brain who told me that her 4-week plan of coaching parents as they unplug their kids for a full month, is highly effective for certain families, particularly kids ages 8 to 10 who have a high propensity for screen time.

This week I'm going to talk about all these examples with my family for TTT and I look forward  to hearing their responses. My goal is that my whole family unplugs on Thanksgiving. I believe it is important to have days when we do not use screens as a way to become aware of the pull of them.  

We all have different approaches but the key is to share ideas, involve the kids, and be open to trying new approaches to see what works and what doesn’t.

For Tech Talk Tuesday this week let's discuss ideas for unplugging:

  • What are the pros and cons of the examples of unplugging above?
  • How long could each family member go without being on a screen?
  • How do you feel about no phones or devices on Thanksgiving?