especially on snow days), PAA strives to help students form healthy relationships and boundaries with media.
That’s why we’re excited about the second PAA Unplugged media fast of the school year! Our senior Media and Persuasion students, along with many PAA teachers, fellow students, and family members will be locking up their phones, tablets, and laptops from March 8 to 11 to enjoy some freedom from technology.
And now it’s YOUR turn. Support your kids, spouse, and good friends through a screen-free weekend. Or maybe it’s just a few days away from your favorite website or social media platform. Feeling addicted to the news? Turn off the noise, even if it’s just for an evening.
The reasons are many and very relevant to our overly plugged-in society. You can read the research and learn more when you revisit the story of our first PAA Unplugged project HERE. And gain some inspiration and ideas from THIS writer’s experience while on a “digital detox” vacation to Africa.
You can also join a free webinar on March 19 when you register HERE. The FCD Prevention Works Prevention Specialists Ian Barney and Stacey Wisniewski will facilitate an exploration of teen technology use from a substance abuse prevention perspective.
How to Plan a Family Media Fast
1) Agree upon reasonable rules, as a team. Be specific about what technology or apps you’re choosing to turn off. Be sure to discuss the research and reasons so you all understand the WHY. Try conducting a personal audit of your smart phone use before your fast, just to gain some perspective on your habits. Get inspiration from others HERE. Make sure one person isn’t making all the rules. Be a team!
2) Pick dates that can best accommodate several days with little to no digital connection. Consider dates that stretch over a long weekend or don’t hinder major responsibilities. Based off your family’s rules and guidelines (perhaps no contact through email, texts, or messenger), be sure to give non-fasting family and friends other options for contacting you.
3) Plan for challenges. You’ll need alternative ways to access important information, contact people, and entertain yourself. Make sure at least one phone is available for emergencies. Break out an old fashioned calendar planner and be sure to write down important phone numbers (if you’re still using a land-line). Don’t forget to dig out an old alarm clock. And plan for some old-fashioned fun: dust off board games and favorite books and get outside to let your eyes rest on nature.
Let us know how it goes! Email us (after your fast!) at firstname.lastname@example.org.