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6 Ways to Help Kids Minimize Screen Time

Camp Kupugani is a multicultural overnight summer camp in northwest Illinois, just a stone’s throw away from Chicago (that is if you can throw a stone about 90 miles). Although Kupugani is a technology-free camp, most homes are not, and with many schools using online-based homework, it increasingly challenging to strike a balance between technology and the actual tactile world. Bullets below, with the full Washington Post article here.

  • Keep playing with your kids.
    • Even as they become more independent, keep playing!
      • Play cards
      • Shoot hoops
    • Don’t give up when they say no once; keep at it.
  • Just say no!
    • Set limits and stick to them.
    • Most children thrive with set rules.
  • Slow down on purging toys.
    • Children often revisit old toys when they need a retreat.
    • This revisit can be an emotionally safe place/time for your children. 
  • Let them be bored!
    • Boredom sparks creativity.
    • Unstructured play can help with higher-level thinking.
  • Get their input early.
    • Lay out boundaries with technology before the technology is in the home.
    • Having the children being a part of the limit-setting makes it more real to them. 
  • Walk the walk.
    •  You must also follow the boundaries (at least when the children are around…Hey, if I could eat okra when my child was younger, you can shut off your phone occasionally!).
    • Modeling the behavior helps children see that you are taking this seriously. 
    • This will also help you define good work-to-home boundaries. 

Source article: The Washington Post

Kupugani touches on all the core values and enrichment that we hope to instill in our [child]. My husband and I absolutely love Camp Kupugani. Our [child] gained immensely from camp.

Lisa G.

Everyone…was just so, so personable, kind, and the kind of person I want
my [child] looking up to and spending time with.

Laura V.

[My daughter’s] face lights up when she speaks about camp, it’s a priceless experience.

Kenya P.

I have never come in contact with such a wonderful group of people at a camp before. Everyone did an outstanding job, the camp was so organized, it was unbelievable.

Joe M.

She absolutely loves the camp, the staff, and all the friends she makes there. I consider Kupugani to be a big influence in helping her grow and expand her mind each summer.

Luci A.

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