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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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