For 48 hours, from Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 March, the Australian community is encouraged to put their phones down and take a break from social media, online shopping, emails and games.
Current statistics estimate that 77 per cent of Australians own a smart phone and are interacting with their smartphones over 480 million times a day.
The Phones Down 4 Kids Foundation (PD4K) wants us to recognise this habit and put down our phones for just 48 hours.
“The Phones Down 4 Kids challenge is a great way to encourage people to take a moment out of their busy lives and spend quality, uninterrupted time with their partner, kids, family and friends. We want people to jump on board, be bold and nominate someone close to them, if not themselves, who could benefit from a little ‘phone down’ time,” said co-founder, Brad Jorgensen.
Participants are given their own online fundraising page, can nominate friends and family to do the challenge with them, and can set their own fundraising targets.
Monies raised in Cairns will benefit Ronald McDonald House North Queensland which supports families of sick children.
To sign up or nominate someone you think needs a tech time out, visit: http://www.phonesdown4kids.org/