On a recent episode of the Son Rise Morning Show, we discussed ways families can disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other.
- Stop posting stories, start living them.
- The latest results from Common Sense Media’s survey are in: American kids’ daily mobile screen time is almost 10x higher than it was in 2011.
- Offline October is a challenge for people to give up social media for the month of October to support teen suicide prevention.
- With 3 very recent teen suicides in the span of a week in Littleton, Bishop Aquila shared that Suicide by teens in Colorado is tragically on the rise.
- Bullying and digital self harm: One theme seen running through the stories of teens who struggle with suicidal thoughts is the pervasive influence of social media on their identity and sense of self-worth
- Quoted WCD 2014 – “It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highways, simply ‘connected;’ connections need to grow into true encounters. We cannot live apart, closed in on ourselves. We need to love and to be loved. We need tenderness.”
- The most important thing that we can do for those who are consumed with their online existence is to persistently, lovingly show them that they are a son or daughter of God the Father, and that this is what matters most.
- Outdoor activities — hike, zoo, sporting event
- Communicate in a letter — thank you, elderly relative, priest
- Try new things; meet new people
For the full list of ideas, see the Offline October Bucket List.
Did your family try Offline October this year?
Copyright 2017 Lisa Hendey