SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with Reboot, will host the National Day of Unplugging (NDU) on March 7th, 2015 with unplugged activities throughout the day. The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and the SF Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF) will also join the partnership, urging parents to unplug with their kids for the day.
Last year, Mashable, an online news and information source for the “Connected Generation”, cited the Nielsen cross-platform report, which notes that Americans spent an average of 11 hours a day with electronic media. As smartphons invade people’s daily activities, parents are increasingly less present and available for their children. In a study released in 2014, researchers at Boston Medical Center observed 55 groups of parents and young children eating at restaurants and found that 72 percent of caregivers pulled out a mobile device right away and mostly ignored the children.
“We are proud to be a sponsor of Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging because it doesn’t get better than reconnecting with our friends and families and playing together,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “Let’s Unplug, Get Out and Play!”
Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging is once a year but it is designed to remind the public of the importance of unplugging regularly at times throughout the year to refocus our attention on the world around us and reconnect with family, friends and ourselves. NDU is a 24 hour period – running from sundown to sundown – and starts on the first Friday in March. This year it will be celebrated from sundown March 6th to sundown March 7th, 2015.
“Partnering with SF Rec and Park, the school district and the SF Department of Children, Youth and Their Families helps us to reach parents and others with an important message to spend more face-to-face time focused on each other and the community around them,” said Tanya Schevitz, who leads the National Day of Unplugging campaign in the Bay Area. “It is great to have the resource of the SF Rec and Park Department with all of its fun and engaging activities offered to families and individuals throughout the day!”
SFUSD is the seventh largest school district in California, educating over 57,000 students every year. While its mission to ensure each student academic excellence, it also has long term partnership with SF Rec Park to promote healthy recreation for physical and mental health fitness so that each student can achieve his or her maximum potential.
“Promoting healthy habits with our children and families goes hand in hand with promoting academic success,” said SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza. “Our wonderful city is full of great hands-on unplugged learning opportunities and places to play.”
DCYF creates and facilitates innovative citywide policies and projects in support of children, youth and families. As a result, SF Rec and Park and DCYF have been long-time partners in serving the children, youth and families in San Francisco, providing support to their health and wellness through many recreation programming and parks projects.
“Being mindful of screen time for children and youth, and getting away from screen time altogether, is a great practice for families,” said Maria Su, Executive Director of DCYF. “We are in full support of National Day of Unplugging, and we hope many families across the City and the country will participate.”
The National Day of Unplugging is a project of the nonprofit Reboot. Reboot affirms the value of Jewish traditions and creates new ways for people to make them their own. Inspired by Jewish ritual and embracing the arts, humor, food, philosophy, and social justice, Reboot produces creative projects that spark the interest of young Jews and the larger community.
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“The National Day of Unplugging is an important reminder to be active and reconnect with those around us. We are a community center, a hangout, a hub. Our stores are like a second home to local athletes and groups who use our space daily for club meetings, to host potlucks, to start a workout from our front doors, or to pick up some tips at a speaker series event,” Kayla Griffin, Assistant Marketing Coordinator. “Our employees are local coaches, instructors, outdoor enthusiasts, teachers, students. We are all active in the community and in our sports and activities. We know most people are inside the store so they can get outside the store. We know because we’re out on the trails, in the Bay and on the roads with them! So unplug and join us for all the unplugged activities and our free community events that we always offer!”