Why an Unplugged Camp for Families?
As adults, parents and employees many of us rely on technology to run our busy lives and at times our use of technology can get the better of us. As we grapple with our own problematic use of technology and 24/7 connection, we watch our children's fascination with digital devices and, at times, obsession with games, social media, apps or selfies.
From a concerning perspective, we are constantly reminded about the concerning statistics around technology use (did you know that In Australia, 13.4 million Australians are now spending 18.8 hours per day online), the pace of change – new apps, new sites, new devices, and technologies association with existing and new mental and physical health conditions and social media tragedies. On the flip side, we also know that technology can have amazing benefits and will continue to enhance our lives in ways we are yet to understand.
We can’t (and quiet often don’t want to) live without digital technology. So how do we create a healthy relationship with it at work and home?
The Unplugged Camp is one initiative from The Digital Detox project, which aims to create space away from the everyday which is fun, challenging, inclusive and activity based. Our Unplugged Camp for Families gives families the opportunity to take time out to create and embed helpful technological boundaries, re-establish family connections, develop a more in-depth understanding of the interface between technology and human behaviour and have fun! Our relationship with our family is our first, often most enduring, relationship so let’s give ourselves the gift of family connection at camp before re-connecting in a new and healthier way on our return to our busy, data-driven lifestyles.
Who would be most likely enjoy the camp?
Families with children who are looking for an opportunity to pack the digital devices away for a weekend (parents included!) and re-discover the outdoors as a family in a outdoor education environment without the tents, the packing and unpacking, or cooking but with all the activities to stay busy or chill out. Families with children 7-16 years is the sweet spot.