Summer camps have always caused a bit of separation anxiety for some kids and parents, but tech-dependence has added a new facet, an article by the New York Times reports.
It can be a jarring experience for both kids and parents accustomed to regular check-ins, but putting the devices down can both help kids enjoy the camp experience more, and help them learn better interpersonal skills, the article describes.
"Camp is a sacred space to unplug and be able to learn independence and social skills," said Dr. Yalda Uhls, a child development exert, in the piece. "It's really important to put devices down and practice the art of face-to-face communication."
It may be good for some families to get a head-start on coming tech-disconnects, to prepare for camp, clinical psychologist Christopher Thurber notes in the Times article. He recommends one tech-less day a week, in the run-up to camp.
You can read the full Times story here.