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Device Free Dinner

Device Free Dinner

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Be a Role Model: Find a Healthy Balance with Media and Technology

Now that screen-time recommendations are more flexible, it's time for new rules. Start now to create a balanced approach that keeps everyone healthy.

New Healthy Media Habits for Young Kids

Young kids learn how to use technology by watching their parents, so model healthy habits early by balancing media time with real time.

5 Simple Steps to a Healthy Family Media Diet

You balance their meals, so why not their media? Learn the secrets to a well-balanced media diet.

How to Set Screen Rules That Stick

Easy tips for limiting kids’ computer, TV, game, and movie time.

Here's Real Proof That a Cellphone Contract Works

Clear rules, buy-in, and mutual respect can help get your teen to sign on the dotted line.

Device-Free Dinners in Action

Amazing things happen when families choose to keep devices off the dinner table.

"Device-free dinners have helped me realize that having our undivided attention has brought us closer together, decreased arguments, and helped us be a stronger team."

Melodie G., parent of Howie, age 8, and Hope, age 5, reflects on the benefits of going device-free.

"We always talk about our day. If my husband and I forget to ask, one of the kids always starts, 'So what did everyone do today?"

Laurie T., mother of three, says her kids love family dinners.

"The most important one for me as a father is eating dinner together without technology. It reminds me of when my parents and I ate together as a family and spent quality time bonding as a family."

Noel S., father, recognizes the benefit of device-free dinners through each generation.

"It was a life-changing experience for my students."

Janet Elias, technology teacher at Wagner middle school in New York, includes device-free dinners in her students' digital education.

#DeviceFreeDinner featured on the Today Show

"During dinner, technology is off. We go around the table and everyone shares one good thing that happen that day, one bad thing that happen that day, and one wish that we have."

Susan M., Parent.

"The experience was great. I got to talk with my family and hear the funny things that happened in their days."

Ellis W., age 11, says device-free dinners are a regular family activity.

"I can't wait to spend time with my family and experience nature, go hiking, roast s'mores, and play board games. Believe it or not, I like to go screen-free every once in a while."

Common Sense teen user, on an upcoming device-free camping trip.

"It's a special time where we talk, share, plan, and spend time together."

Kristy L., mother of kids ages 7 and 11, shares her family's device-free dinner activities.

Device Distraction in the News

In today's 24/7 digital world, using media wisely is a healthy choice -- and a growing trend.

Bloomberg View

Social Media, Not Phones, Get Kids Addicted

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Los Angeles Times

Kids don't need a cellphone; they need a digital diet

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NBC News

Tech Addiction Is More of a Problem Than People Realize

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Romper

6 Reasons Millennials Shouldn't Abandon The Traditional Family Dinner

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ABC News

Teens react to giving up social media for a week

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Carolina Parent

Six Ways to Keep Digital Device Use Under Wraps This Holiday Season

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CNN Travel

McDonald's offers to lock up your smartphone for more family time

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TIME

5 Ways to Stop Your Phone Addiction, According to Research

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Los Angeles Times

At Corona del Mar Middle School, kids can't use cellphones at lunch. The result? They talk

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Boston Globe

The texts are coming from inside the house

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BBC

Are you a sleep procrastinator?

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The Washington Post

Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids.

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Thrive Global

Why Aziz Ansari Basically Quit the Internet

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Mashable

How I finally broke my Facebook addiction

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Thrive Global

Conquering My Phone Addiction

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Harvard Business Review

Device-Free Time Is as Important as Work-Life Balance

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The Washington Post

5 ways parents can help kids balance social media with the real world

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My Body + Soul

2017 will be all about JOMO

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Thrive Global

Teaching your kids to unplug doesn't stop once they've grown up

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eMarketer

Some teens would rather FaceTime than see friends in person

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The Globe and Mail

Plugged in parents linked to ill-behaved kids

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PopSugar

Even if you don't know what phubbing is, you're probably doing it

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Today

Randi Zuckerberg’s 3 ‘rules of tech’ for her 2 young sons

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NPR

Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

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New York Times

5 No-Phone Zones for Parents and Kids Alike

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Huffington Post

My Family Swore Off Screen Time For 48 Hours, And I’m Fascinated By What Happened

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The Washington Post

What to do when other parents have different technology rules

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Thrive Global

Joe Biden to Grads: Stop Living in Your Screens

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Supporters

Going device-free takes teamwork.

  • AAP
  • NBC Universal
  • Fox
  • Comcast
  • CBS
  • Fox Deportes
  • Evite
  • Xfinity Latino
  • NCM
  • Cox
  • Univision
  • GS&P
  • Telemundo
  • oaaa
  • HITN
  • iHeartMedia
  • Kids Central
  • National Geographic
  • AOL
  • Camp King
  • Charter Communications
  • Mamas Latinas
  • Daily Variety
  • Serena and Lily
  • Anchorfield Films
  • Citron Haligman
  • Family Dinner Project
  • Table Topics
  • Cafe Media
  • Hearst
  • Funny or Die
  • Xfinity
  • Raiders
  • FX

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