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Device Free Dinner

Device Free Dinner

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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.

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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.

Thrive Global

Screens Are Now Affecting Babies’ Sleep

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Thrive Global

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

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CNN Travel

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

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Carolina Parent

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

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ABC News

Teens react to giving up social media for a week

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Romper

6 Reasons Millennials Shouldn't Abandon The Traditional Family Dinner

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E! News

Ed Sheeran Reflects on Going Two Years Without a Cell Phone and His Famous Digital Detox

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Los Angeles Times

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

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Washington Post

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he wouldn’t let a child use social media

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New York Times

Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

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Business Insider

Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech-free — and it should be a red flag

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The Verge

Tencent’s new digital contracts will let kids exchange good grades for game time

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New York Times

Nature With Chirps, but No Tweets

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CBC

Video game addiction a disorder? WHO says, yes

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The Atlantic

Alexa and the Age of Casual Rudeness

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Real Simple

How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

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NPR

Apple Aims To Help Parents Crack Down On Kids' iPhone Use

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New Jersey Herald

Summer a time for camp, not texting

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Deseret News

The doctor could soon be asking your kids about social media use

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ABC News

Can kids regulate their own screen time? A family's week-long experiment

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Fortune

Why France Is Banning Smartphones at School Just as the U.S. Is Letting More Students Use Them

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The Guardian

Scroll Free September: can you ditch social media for a month?

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Quartz

Kids are starting a revolution to get their parents to put down their phones

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Refinery29

Selena Gomez Documented Her Weekend On Social Media Before Announcing She's Done With Social Media

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Today

‘Offline October’: Teens’ ditch social media for their mental health

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Quartz

Parents are driving their kids crazy by posting about them on social media

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Fortune

Americans Still Want Human Contact—Even Though the Smartphones Are Calling

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CBS News

Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids

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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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