If your family is anything like mine, 2020 has been a digital disaster. We kept our kids home from school during the peak of COVID in South Australia, and while our two girls were more than happy to fine tune their gaming skills and become experts on YouTubers, the tech rage that eventuated was epic. A three week break from all screen time seems to have reset that addiction, but we have to be careful not to fall back into the trap of ‘easy’ parenting.
It seems we’re not alone.
The over-use of technology can result in conflict and arguments in families, which is why Brenton Carle, from Canoe the Coorong, and Simon A. Andrews, the Principal Psychologist at OK Pyschology, have developed a digital detox weekend.
Designed for 10-17 year olds and their parents, the retreat takes place in the beautiful Coorong National Park, and focuses on a tech-free wilderness weekend.
Believed to be the first program of its kind in South Australia, the weekend is jam-packed with fantastic, technology free activities including kayaking alongside huge sand-dunes, a bush-tucker walk, a night-walk to see marine creatures and picnicking by the ocean.
You and your kid/s will learn why we’re so drawn to technology, strategies to help get off the tech when you need to do other things, skills for becoming more involved in recreational and social activities and how to re-enter the world with a plan to balance tech-life and real-life activities and relationships.
Age group: 10-17 year olds and their parents/caregivers
Dates: Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th October
Location: The two-day trips are held in the Coorong National Park, launching from the end of Mundoo Channel Drive, Hindmarsh Island.
Cost: $398 per person. This includes four group psychology sessions, all meals, camping equipment, national park fees and kayak hire (private health and NDIS may apply).
Please contact [email protected] or call 8264 2311 for more information.