Schools challenge families to scale back on tech use

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Her daughter yearned for the television, her son for his iPod. Both parents felt disconnected without phones and computers. But for one week they left electronics untouched.Well, at least the kids did.

“I can’t promise you that we didn’t sneak over to them occasionally, but we tried very hard,” said Kim Carpenter, who gave up technology as part of a challenge from her daughter’s school.

The contest at Scottish Corners Elementary was part of a national effort to forgo technology for one week in favor of reading, family time and outdoor activities.

The challenge in previous years was to turn off the TV, but with so many alternatives, it now casts a wider net.

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