We know kids today love their phones and Ipads. They love thier music players and Kindles. And they love their laptops and Fitbits. But we also know they love gymnastics, and art, and tennis, and swimming, and singing, and cheering, and laughing, and being with their friends. And not only do they LOVE those things, they NEED those things, certainly more than they need their phones. They need those things because that is what all kids need. They don’t need distractions or the crutch of technology to see if other people approve. Chasing likes is a road to nowhere. They need to be present in the unique and all too fleeting moments of summer to experience the joy that comes from deep and meaningful relationships, from a high five after a game, or a hug after earning a patch.
Being at camp is an opportunity for all of us to rid ourselves of our technological dependencies. The stimulation from a great day outside or a fantastic conversation with a friend is so much more valuable than anything a screen can offer. A tech-free environment means dinner table discussions, connecting with a friend while walking to activities, reading an actual book, learning how to socialize, engaging with adults, and having to develop the independance necessary to make choices and solve conflicts.
Separating your child from her technology is the greatest gift you can give her. Will she want it? Yes. Miss it? Probably. Need it? Not a chance.