National Unplugging Day

As readers of my blog will know, reducing screen time in our family is something that's very important to me. Every week, we enjoy our no-gadget Sunday mornings (read more here) and I try to get the kids outdoors as much as I can. That's why I was so excited to read about National Unplugging Day, taking place on Sunday 25th June 2017.

Don't get me wrong...I love my smartphone and I can't wait for my next upgrade.... I also love that my son can learn maths online and that my daughter can chill out with a favourite movie on her iPad or FaceTime her friends if she feels like a chat.

What I'm looking for is balance ... if the kids want to chill out with movies on a Sunday afternoon then I try to make sure that during the week they've caught up with friends (face-to- face), done some sport, walked in the lakes, done some forest bathing....you get the idea.  So I was delighted when I saw an online link to National Uplugging Day....and another occasion to plan a whole day gadget free!

So what exactly is National Unplugging Day? 

It's happening on Sunday 25th June 2017 and parents all around the country are being asked to spend the day "from sun-up to sun-down" without any technology, screens or gadgets of any sort. It sounds like so much fun and reminds me of a conversation that I had with my daughter recently. I was telling her, how, when we were kids, we'd leave the house in the morning and go and explore the countryside. We'd build dams in the river, explore the fields, play kirby or hide and seek. "But how did your mum know where you were?," she asked, stunned.

Nowadays, she'd be lost if she didn't have her phone at school and she's been known to text home in her lunch breaks and play times. Whilst I love the fact that we're a close family, I also want her to experience the freedom of gadget-free days....to let her imagination run wild and free. To not worry about whether she's missing anything or what her friends are doing ...  or wanting to isolate herself in her room by playing music on her headphones (she's a teen - can you tell?) 

So...we have a week to plan and we're starting to get ideas already. And the best thing? There's no complaints...they're completely into the idea. We've talked about picnics by the lake or the seaside... visiting family or planning a full day out to somewhere that we've not been to in a while (Belsay Hall, anyone? I so love English Heritage properties). No doubt, the phone will be in the glove box, turned off, in case of emergency.....but I don't think we'll need it.

I'd love to hear if you're going to take part in National Unplugging Day? Don't forget it's on 25th June 2017. Share your plans below or connect with me on Instagram or Twitter. The hashtag for the day is #GoGadgetFree ... I'll be sharing my favourite photos after sundown and I hope to see some of yours, too, if you can 🙂 

Find out more about National Unplugging Day here

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23 comments on “National Unplugging Day 2017 – are you taking part?”

  1. That’s a really good idea to ban gadgets on a Sunday morning. It makes children spend more time doing things rather than being glued in front of a screen. I might try this next Sunday if I remember.

    • I’m the same some days, it’s not easy 🙂 Instagram is the most difficult for me, I just love finding new accounts to follow!

  2. Unplugging is so important for families. As a single mom, we can both get sucked into our electronics or gadgets, but when we unplug there is so much communication and engagement that we take for granted. Scheduling unplug days as you have is awesome! I think kids are more receptive when they’re aware and can wrap their heads around what’s going to happen. ❤️❤️❤️

    • We’re exactly the same, Jackie…and I think you’re right, telling the kids in advance definitely helps 🙂

  3. What a lovely idea! I think we all rely on our phones too much and I know as a blogger my life is on my phone. I’m trying to have days where I don’t touch social media but it’s a struggle. I’m sure your kids will enjoy the effort you’re making!

  4. I totally missed this, and I so wish I hadn’t! I used to be absolutely obsessed with my laptop and my smartphone, until it got to the point that I never did anything decent with my kids because of it, and I hated it. Since that realisation, I’ve tried really hard to make 3-7 phone and laptop free so that I can do something productive with the kids, even if it’s just helping with homework. Plus, I very rarely take my phone into the living room these days. I switch off much better without it there. Though the downside is I’ve become very aware of people who are constantly plugged in, and I’m very intolerant of it. Which doesn’t go down well with my husband and my teen!

    • I can totally relate to this, Helen! I’m very intolerant of my teen when she’s texting or something when I’m talking to her. It’s a habit that I’m trying to help her break.

  5. I didn’t take part in this one, but I have weekends when I don´t have access to the internet so I am left “stranded” and can enjoy calmness and being uninformed for a while, it feels nice. Going back online though can be a shock.

  6. In our home we are all gadget addicts and I’m not afraid to say that that’s fine, so long as we have balance. We do make conscious effort to put everything away when we’re all together doing something and never use anything whilst eating etc. It’s tough though! I wish I’d know about this day earlier! 🙂

  7. Oh what a shame, I missed it 😉
    The idea is great. I actually NEVER understand those who don’t run online businesses or businesses that require online presence to be constantly on their phones.

    I always have a flick through every so often to check that I haven’t missed anything but you see people on them 24 7 just noseying on FB!

    <3 I love that you do Sunday's as gadget free. Such a cool idea <3

  8. I am without my iPhone for nearly 3 weeks now and until that very first week without the iPhone, I thought it would be hard living without a phone. I am not out of Social Media or phone calls completely, but there is a big reduction in the amount of time I have been on Social Media! Borrowed hubby’s phone for general day to day usage and he hates having Socal Media Apps on his phone so I didn’t install any! So, the only option for me is using the laptop (which works at the speed of a snail).

    Eventually, going out without Social Media on the phone means I give my full time to the kids while out & about! Also less time spent on the gadgets even when we are home! I am really enjoying it! I am sure things will change when I get my phone, but I will try and follow strict schedules to use Social Media and I’m already planning for it 🙂

    • That sounds wonderful, Rishi. Less time on social media is great, especially if it means more time with your family 🙂

  9. I actually hadn’t heard about this until now but I love the idea behind it. We are so switched on, aren’t we! I might try it one day but reckon it would be so hard!

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