Unplug Your Kids with a Digital Free Zone

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Our digital age has brought us to a new level of multitasking. We talk on the phone, while emailing on our computer and looking up the latest deals on our smartphone. It’s hard to just be still and be unplugged. Our kids have learned to do the same. They seem to be always connected to an Ipod, cell phone, video game or some sort of digital device.  While there are many benefits to our digital age, there are also some drawbacks.

Neuroscientists have found that when people keep their brains constantly “on”, they skip the downtime needed to embed and remember information which is how we learn. In addition, if our brains are constantly receiving external stimulation, we give up the mental quiet that is necessary for creativity and imagination. This “downtime” is especially important while your child’s brain is developing.

We know it’s not easy to be unplugged, but because it’s so important it is imperative to instate a “Digital Free Zone” at your house.  This could be an hour before a meal or before bedtime or in the middle of the afternoon. This “Digital Free Zone” is a time when all digital media; TV’s, phones, radios, iPods, computers, etc. are all turned off. Your kids may moan and groan over this at first, but soon that time will become precious time to imagine, learn and grow. And don’t forget that the “Digital Free Zone” applies to the adults in the house as well.

What tips do you have for turning down the digital noise in your house?

8 Responses to “Unplug Your Kids with a Digital Free Zone”

  1. Tina Reynolds August 1, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    My best tip is turn everything off for meal time, at least for dinner have family time and no phones, games or ipods allowed.

  2. MichelleH August 1, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Great tip Tina!

  3. Jen Buckmaster August 1, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    not easy to unplug but it is necessary. My kids are still young so the only thing they need “unplugged” from is usually the tv. But I make sure to tell them frequently that it isn’t good for them to constantly relying on electronic things. Hopefully it will sink in and they will have it well egrained in their brain by the time they are teenagers, maybe??

  4. The Frugal Free Gal August 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    I totally agree with unplugging…it can be hard though…but needs to be done every now and then!

  5. MichelleH August 2, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Agreed Frugal Free Gal!

  6. MichelleH August 2, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Yes, it is so important to start early teaching them alternatives to the digital world. Good for you for starting them out on the right foot!

  7. Christy August 3, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    I love the idea of a digital free zone!

  8. MichelleH August 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    It’s a great way to foster creativity!