Every summer, for the past six years, my kids have been disconnected from the digital world for seven weeks straight while they swim and bike and canoe and do every land sport imaginable at sleepaway camp. But this summer is their last at camp, and likely, the last time in their lives they will be 100% technology free.
They love it. In six years, I’ve never once heard either of my children complain that they miss their phones, or computers, or video consoles. They love camp unreservedly. Their camp friends are their closest friends. Camp – despite, or maybe because of the lack of technology – is where they feel most connected, most at ease with their friendships and community.
They haven’t even come home yet, and already I’m mourning their freedom from constant connection.Continue Reading