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I will certainly try, we are just getting back to lessons this week, amidst an element of chaos, but I will be pondering and will come back with some thoughts.
This really scares me. It feels like we have pretty much no choice but to be surrounded by these damaging intrusions because so many people around us are not interested in educating themselves about such things, and ridicule those of us who are concerned by them.
I know when people visit us they are baffled by the fact we switch our WiFi off unless we are using it, and when we do switch it on they tell us we should upgrade to faster(!) They also baulk at the fact we don’t have smart meters or let our kids use tablets.
I am working to get rid of the WiFi completely from our home, but I can’t get rid of it in all of the homes surrounding us.
I want to move away from smart phones entirely. I have come to rely on mine for much of my social contact which is a habit I need to break because it leads to ‘oh, let’s just ‘check’ this while I’m online’
It’s all too easy to get sucked in, I’m sure my temperament feeds into this a great deal.
I am very interested in these links, and shall certainly be taking up some study as I am increasingly feeling called to find out more about this.
Thank you for providing a starting point, Donna
Great must haves, Kristin 🙂 I will add the following:
Reverence for our home space, i.e everybody plays a part in caring for our home. And stories!
Absolute no’s for us are; More than one carefully chosen social activity per week, because it really is too much for my children (and honestly, also too much for me!)
And no media use other than the odd carefully selected DVD or ‘old fashioned’ TV show.
It’s an interesting point that these things so often go unquestioned. Accepted because they are, or have become, the ‘done things’
It all makes me wonder at what point do *I* say ‘enough’. Enough being sucked into joining umpteen Facebook groups for want of community, enough having social media simply because everyone else does, and because ‘how else do I start in touch and updated with local groups?’ etc.
Because the things is, if no one says ‘enough’ and creates, or perhaps rather reverts back to what was always already there, forgotten in a dusty corner, then nothing will change.
Our TV is in a separate room from our main sspace, where we eat, work and play. Weve worked hard to keep it to an absolute minimum, and my kids (7 and 4) rarely watch anything, and when they do it’s carefully selected and usually something very old and slow paced. They rarely mention it/ask for it now, which for us is great!
We do have mobile phones (‘we’ being us grown ups) which are more of a problem. I agree, Donna, they most certainly do not ‘free people up’, quite the opposite.
Our rule is we keep our phones in one place during the day and keep the WiFi switched off. That is working well so I am now also working to reduce the time spent using mine even after my kids are in bed. I have taken down my Facebook account and am delighted to see this forum appear. It lends itself far more to deeper discussion and checking in at a set time rather than the more superficial and fast paced feel of social media.
I need to get a ‘real camera’ because I find the phone camera so handy……really it’s actually no more handy than a ‘real’ camera it’s sheer habit
All of that said, I do like to have a phone for emergency use. So for now I do still carry it but I keep it on aeroplane mode unless I need to use it to make a call.
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