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Ashley Nunez

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Should technology (such as cell phones, video games, iPods, etc.), be allowed in camps?

I volunteer at a sports Summer camp, and there has been a recent ban in technology. Of course, the kids (ages range from 6-14) complain. But I personally believe in the concept that if kids can't enjoy the outdoors, play ground, etc. like before, who will? As we all know, technology has become a huge part in our society. But how far is too far? I know there are different types of camps, but I'm referring to sports and nature camps, mostly.
I want to hear everyone's personal opinion. :) Whether this ban is right or wrong. Whether this ban is positive or negative. Whether each camp in general should follow these guidelines when it comes to technology.

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    Aug 12 2011: Back when I organised (nature) summer camps, we used to take away watches and phones and give them back at the end of the camp.
    The reason was to make them not watch the time all the time (so we could shift it, to have games after dark).
    We did give them a phone when they went out hiking (in the event something bad happened, as emergency), sometimes putting them in a sealed bag, so we could check if it was unopened when they came back.

    On the other hand, the use of technology can enhance games and sports (modern versions of hide and seek; giving new instructions during a game, or use it as a strategic communication device they might want to aquire during the game).

    Other ways to deal with such devices is discouraging the kids to take it with them, as they can get damaged and can not be recharged (not many sockets in nature, are there?)

    In short: let the organizers decide whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages... But don't make strict rules about it.
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      Aug 15 2011: Hey Christophe! I agree that not being controlling in this rule is very important, but I do believe that if you do decide to enforce such rules, you need to be firm and strong with your decision. I don't have a problem if kids use their cell phones every once in a while. But when it becomes a complete habit that you don't even look up once, that's where I get concerned. Of course, everyone has their own opinion to this, but I believe that we need to find a time to where we can separate nature and technology. I think it'll be so refreshing and fascinating when we open children's minds to what they truly have been indirectly missing just because of some electronics. Thanks for commenting :)
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    Aug 12 2011: Dear Ashley
    I experienced it. it so good. you will feel pure peace.
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      Aug 15 2011: Hey Mojtaba! I'm very glad to hear that! I want to know when, where, how, and why the feeling brought you pure peace. :) Thanks for commenting!
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        Aug 15 2011: Hi my friend
        when: about 4 (or more) years ago . for 1 week

        with : my friend (10 or more) (all male).... and you should better try it with your female friend

        where : in the jungle

        how : without any electrical instrument (just food and something for sleep) of course we had light and the climate was so nice that we didn't need heater or cooler..we played football ,volleyball and any teamwork game instead of computer games and we had some masters , so we had discussion too . we were accommodate with nature and I think if we used something like mobile we couldn't felt the real peace because i experienced that too. dear Ashley the new world order allow you to life in its way , break the borders and think about the GOD.
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          Aug 16 2011: Thank you so much, Mojtaba. That was very enlightening. Thanks for commenting.
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    Aug 11 2011: Hey,Ashley, I need to say that we don't know actually the reasons behind banning those technologies? is it because those things could be distractions in their life in the camps?
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      Aug 15 2011: Hey Yan! I honestly do believe that those can be complete distractions. Like William said before, although you can use these gadgets for educational purposes, a main reason why they use them usually points towards noneducational purposes. I just feel like if it's becoming difficult to differentiate how, why, and where to use your electronics or not, it's a problem. Thank you for commenting!
  • Aug 10 2011: Well I don't think it wins them over! However, I think it does help them get a new experience and show them that they can have fun without it.
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      Aug 11 2011: Hey, Rachel. Exactly. And hopefully, in most cases, they realize that they don't need electronics or any type of technology to keep them occupied or satisfied. That maybe they can ooze into the idea that some outdoor activities that they have at my summer camp, for example, can create more joyous memories of childhood than always being on their cell phones. Thanks for commenting!
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    Aug 10 2011: My question is, by banning the electronics will the kids who would have been distracted be less likely to be distracted without the electronics?

    I am not sure. Personally I don't like to tell folks what they can't do, I would rather spend time telling the kids what we will do (hike, fish, swim, play).

    I would have approached it by using those devices to advance the discussion of nature (download a compass or other nature related apps to help with activities and such).
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      Aug 11 2011: Hey, William. In my personal experience in dealing with kids, they become less distracted without the electronics. I see where you are coming from though. Maybe it all just depends where exactly you are. The setting and environment plays a mega role in whether they feel the need to be on their electronics all the time, or not. And I believe that encouraging them to download apps, etc. on nature for the benefit of activities or discussions could only go so far with some kids. Of course, this all depends on the age of the kids as well. Thanks for commenting!