Family Support for Technology Overuse
Parental involvement and support are critical for any program to produce successful outcomes, and our goal is to be the best summer camp for anywhere for screen overuse habits. We provide a family workshop, parental education, and have aftercare services available which are offered year-round. We know from scientific research that the more families are involved, the better the outcomes. We help parents at each step along the way by providing the education, support, and guidance to best support the camper’s behavioral changes.
When comparing programs, it’s critical to know if aftercare is available for up to one year after discharge.
At the family workshop, parents will have an opportunity gain additional knowledge and skills in order to set up an ideal structure for their kids to use technology appropriately. Summerland Staff will provide families information and guidance during a weekend workshop. The family workshop occurs in the final two days of camp just before you pick your child up. There is no additional charge for the family workshop.
We capitalize on the technology pause during the camp to reset screen time usage. Campers return home with their devices set up with reasonable, agreed upon limits in place. With the assistance of the camper’s behavioral coach, parents have contracts in place with their kids upon discharge and they will have the knowledge of how to monitor and limit technology use. After benefiting from the parent workshop, parents have a research supported understanding of what consequences technology overuse can have on teens.
You arrive at camp on Friday at 4pm. There will be a meet and greet with staff and a presentation on self-regulation and journaling. You will be provided the basic tools of Summerland and asked to self-monitor until the end of the workshop on Saturday.
A 2-hour presentation is made on the final day of camp (always falls on a Saturday) to give parents the tools they need to best support their camper’s newfound commitment to a schedule that minimizes screen time and finds new productive pursuits to time that was once devoted to screen-based activities.
To further help parents provide better support, we will role play with parents how to set limits with teens and their electronic devices. This is the time where parents can ask questions about the problems they may be facing back home.
Sample Family Workshop Schedule:
Arrive Friday afternoon.
4:00 pm Meeting and greet with staff – discussion about self-regulation.
6:00 pm Dinner with your camper
7:00 pm After dinner activity
8:00 pm Return to your hotel
8:00 am Breakfast with your camper
9:00 am Family Workshop presentation
11:00 am Camp dismissed
Best Summer Camp for Video Game Overuse
Our effort to be the best summer camp for device or video game overuse is rooted in our strong belief that parents should be involved in each step of the way. Though our Family Workshop and Aftercare program Summerland Camper are best prepared for the transition back home.