Technology Blackout

By Josh Simon

April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 10:15 PM CDT

Peoria, IL--- Every day we become more and more dependent on Technology. Kids as young as six now have cell phones. Now some Bradley students are working to encourage children to take a step away from technology.
embers of a public relations class at Bradley put together a campaign called "Be Young... Be Wild... Be Free... Powering Off One Step at a Time" to show the students at Quest Charter Academy Middle School they don't always need to be online. The Quest 5th and 6th Graders danced with members of City Dance, Ran an obstacle course and played other games. Bradley Senior Sara Olson says they specifically chose a Technology school for their program.

Bradley Senior Sara Olson said, "Because it is technology they do a lot of technology things in the school. We wanted to kind of target the opposite at home. Because technology is great in the education sense. But we wanted to take it away from them at home and get them interacting with their families and interacting with their siblings and their friends outside of technology that they do in school."

Quest 5th Grader Amanda Rucker said, "Sometimes you hear your phone and it vibrates and you want to see who called or texted you, but you can't because we're trying to learn how not use technology and do other activities."

The Quest students kept logs of their non-technology activities the past few weeks and the student with the most hours of technology free time logged won a bicycle.

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