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Don't Be Surprised If Your Child Is Phone Sick At Camp

Disconnecting from gadgets can add another layer of difficulty to heading to camp.
Disconnecting from gadgets can add another layer of difficulty to heading to camp. Photo Credit: MPower Sports Performance Facebook

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.

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