Radnor Unplugs, March 2

  • Unplug and Connect On March 2, 2020, Radnor Township School District will do its part in promoting a balanced "digital diet" by participating in the National Day of Unplugging. All students and staff members will be encouraged to set aside their devices and take a break from screens to embrace the moment and connect with one another. A range of activities are planned to help celebrate and facilitate participation in the event, with more information to come.
     
    All Radnor Township parents, residents, and businesses are also invited to join in the day and "unplug and connect" however possible in their lives. Community members can expect to see posters promoting the event throughout town in partnership with the Wayne Business Association, Radnor Township, the Radnor Memorial Library, and other local organizations.

    For more information, contact radnorunplugs@rtsd.org.

    "Unplug and Connect" logo designed by RHS sophomore Amasha Wickramasinghe.

Ways to Participate

  • There are many ways members of the RTSD community can show their support for the National Day of Unplugging.

    • Join RTSD in taking the pledge to unplug from technology at NationalDayofUnplugging.com.

    • Print and complete an "I/We Unplug To..." poster (links to the right). Take a photo with the completed poster and post to social media before March 2 using #RadnorUnplugs. Be sure to mention @RadnorTSD for a chance to be reposted!

    • Complete the Unplugging Day BINGO Card and submit to radnorunplugs@rtsd.org by Friday, March 6 for a chance to win great prizes!

    • Talk to friends and family about their relationship with technology using the below questions as conversation starters.

    • Volunteer to help out. Contact radnorunplugs@rtsd.org if interested.

Talk About Tech: Conversation/Writing Prompts

  • Use the questions provided by the National Day of Unplugging to discuss the impact of technology on your life and the lives of those closest to you.

    • How important is your phone/tablet/computer to you on a scale of 1 to 10? How does this make you feel?
    • When do you turn off your devices? If the answer "I don't," why?
    • What is the longest amount of time you’ve been "unplugged" (phone, online, TV)? How did you feel? How do you think society's manners and acceptable behaviors have changed with the ever-present cell phone/iPad?
    • How much time do you spend on media each day? Do you think that is enough or too much?
    • Have you ever been ignored by someone on a phone or other digital device? Have you ever ignored someone when you've been on a phone or digital device?
    • What are you not doing when you are on technology instead?
    • When you are not on technology do you feel like there is anything you are missing out on?
    • Do you feel like you are in control of the time you spend on your digital device or that your digital device is controlling your time?
    • How does your use of technology impact your relationships, both positively and negatively? Are there areas you want to change?
    • Do you want to change your behavior around technology? How do you think you can do that?

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I/WE UNPLUG TO ____ POSTERS

Tips for a Healthy Relationship with Tech

  • Watch and Play Together

    Choose quality, age-appropriate media to enjoy with your kids. Visit commonsensemedia.org to find shows, games, and more.

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  • Establish Family Rules

    Decide together what kind of media and tech is OK - and when it's OK to use it. A family media plan can help get everyone on the same page.

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  • Use Parental Controls

    Set content limits that make sense for your family. Along with conversations about healthy media habits, employ content filtering, privacy settings, and time limits offered by apps and platforms your family uses manage access and exposure.

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  • Create Screen-Free Times & Zones

    Help kids take breaks from tech by limiting screen time in bedrooms, during study time or at the dinner table.

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  • Reflect On Your Habits

    Ask yourself how quickly you really need to respond to texts, emails, or other messages. The faster you respond, the faster people expect you to respond next time. Think about setting limits or guidelines so others know what to expect.

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  • Find Balance

    Set a schedule and stick to it. Give yourself a set period of time each day to check social media or personal email.

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