Q. I’m concerned that my children are becoming addicted to their smartphones and social media.
A. Technology and social media are powerful tools, and recent studies make it clear that children are using too much of both and that it’s making them more anxious, lonely and depressed. What other families have told us is that they are happy when they drop off their kids for overnight camp. Camp is the one place that children will separate from their phone for days at a time and be happy! Almost every other way that parents limit smartphone usage feels like a punishment and makes the phones more appealing. In contrast, a child attending camp makes face-to-face friends, has fun, is active and is completely tech-free, surrounded by adult roles models that are also tech-free.
Steve Baskin, Owner/Executive Director www.campchampions.com