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Digital detox: Families find balance unplugging from devices

Original post made on Jul 12, 2013

Like many other parents, Mallika and Peeyush Ranjan have found it challenging to keep their two sons, now 6 and 14, away from technology. But a growing number of Palo Alto parents are inserting old-fashioned, non-technological fun into their children's activities, especially during the summer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 12, 2013, 9:22 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by sdfghj, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

You mean they go on foot and actually walk. Holy cra*!


Posted by parent, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Getting some exercise and enjoying the fresh air is way more important than getting unplugged.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

How sad & pathetic that this is considered news (she types on her computer).

My fave is watching people "walk" while glued to their phone screen & they trip & stumble. Moms trying to maneuver their stroller/baby carriage & smartphone at the same time & unhelmeted cyclists on their phones are tied for 2nd place of lameness.


Posted by A, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

The problem is that the Palo Alto Unified School District, has not caught up with the downsides of this technology. They seem relentless in their free advertising of every device that comes along.

They let the kids take their Iphones to High School. This was wisely banned in Bloombergs New York.

With Iphones at high school the kids never ever turn off. They text. They fail to learn to read faces. They look at screens all through lunch and recess. They text and cheat in class when the teacher isnt looking. They plagiarize rather than learn to use their memories. The cyberbullying with suicides being the result.

I want the district to continue the middle school policy of locking up phones during the school day.

They wont.

And I cannot think of one good reason for their decision other than that they want to appear HIP, (being so behind the fact that every person alive now has an Iphone and it would be HIP to realize their limitations rather than naively foist them on the young people, whose executive functions have not fully developed.


Posted by A, a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

And I have news for you.

Silicon Valley in its rush to use technology will produce kids who cannot read faces, who cannot do fundamental math without a calculator, who cannot write correctly, who cannot research without plagiarism.

Technology is making them stupid.

It will be the kids from teh Steiner schools, the Montessori, technology free who will be the intellectual creative force of our future.

And all because our school district is trying to be tech savvy.
It reminds me of a "groovy parent" dressing too young and trying to be friends with their children. Pathetic and short sighted.


Posted by parent, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

I laughed when I read the sentence "Politis and his wife focus on family movie nights and other unplugged times together." Since when is staring at a screen together considered an "unplugged time"? Trading one small screen for a larger screen is hardly "unplugged." I love watching movies with my family, but it's still time spent staring at a screen.

Time spent outdoors or in active, creative pursuits is "unplugged."


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