Save the Children Iceland will host its second annual “Phone-Free Sunday” this coming weekend on Sunday, November 4, mbl.is reports. The initiative encourages participants to set aside their phones from 9 AM to 9 PM in order to facilitate better family interactions and face-to-face communication during that time.
Save the Children Iceland CEO Erna Reynisdóttir reported that the inaugural event was such a success that the organization decided to repeat it this year. “A lot of people said that their kids thought it was great to have a day like this,” she said. “It tells us that we need to be conscious of not letting our phones interfere with our interactions and time spent with our families.”
Interested participants are encouraged to sign up on the Save the Children Iceland website, here. People who register will receive advice on ways to spend a phone-free Sunday. Registered participants will also be eligible for prizes.
Erna says that it’s particularly important for parents to model good phone-free behavior on this day. “To show our kids that we can put down these devices. Teach them that we control the devices, rather than them controlling us. We aren’t banning anything, but generally, there isn’t a great need created by setting your phone aside for a few hours.”