Get your family out of the car and onto a digital detox

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Fallow-deer-Picture-credit-New-Forest-National-Park-Authority-520x284Are you addicted to your smart phone?

I’m beginning to wonder if I am.

I find myself reaching for it automatically or checking my emails before I’m out of bed.

I swore I would never be one of those people, but now I can see that I am.

However, when I plan a holiday I try and choose a place that has no wi-fi access and little mobile signal and I LOVE the peace and quiet I feel.

No one is contacting me, work feels far away and I feel myself unwind as soon as I’ve unpacked…

That’s why I love the new venture from the New Forest National Park Authority.

They’ve launched their ‘Tech Crèche’.

Instead of handing over your babies, you hand over your technology – including your car keys and mobile phone.

The idea is to get us spending quality time together as a family.

You can then explore the beautiful forest on bikes or from the open-top New Forest Tour bus.

Research shows that seven in 10 children believe their parents are constantly glued to their mobile devices, whilst six in 10 parents believe their kids are doing the same thing.

The research also revealed 20% of kids believe their parents put work before their family, whilst 40% admit they sometimes communicate with their parents by text, email, and social media at home, when they’re in another room.

Check out this wonderful video which highlights the campaign: