Nine-day dig­i­tal detox reaps big re­ward for young­sters

The Oban Times - - News -

PUPILS at Bal­lachul­ish Pri­mary School have earned four iPads for their class­room af­ter tak­ing part in a dig­i­tal detox.

Pri­mary six and seven chil­dren were chal­lenged to spend nine days with­out mo­bile phones, tablets and lap­tops by head teacher Carol Divers and class teacher Jenni Wright.

Each pupil signed a con­tract agree­ing to ab­stain from any de­vices, even tex­ting. As part of the project, the chil­dren com­pleted a daily diary which con­tained pic­tures and sto­ries of them spend­ing more time out­side play­ing, fish­ing, cy­cling and ac­tu­ally call­ing round for friends in per­son. Many of the chil­dren also noted how much more time they spent talk­ing with fam­ily and friends. Ms Divers said the re­sponse from par­ents about the dig­i­tal detox was ‘pos­i­tive’.

She said: ' This was a pos­i­tive task and there was def­i­nitely a marked dif­fer­ence in the play­ground.

‘Friend­ships seem to have grown stronger. Some of the chil­dren have said they are happy to be back on their de­vices but will cut back a lit­tle in future.’

The chil­dren were ex­tremely pleased to re­ceive their new class­room iPads.

The chil­dren with their iPads ready to use in the class­room.

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