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FREE PROGRAM OFFERING PRACTICAL SOLUTION TO TEEN TECHNOLOGY OVERUSE

Kokoda Youth Foundation 3 mins read
Activities in nature as parents vs kids in crate stack at the Digital Detox Camp

In an age where children spend up to 30% of their waking hours glued to screens, the Kokoda Youth Foundation is taking a stand with its innovative Digital Detox Program (DDP). This initiative echo’s the messaging of News Corp’s ‘Let Them be Kids’ campaign and comes as a timely response to the growing concerns over the impact of digital overuse on the physical and mental well-being of young Australians, aged 5-17.

The Kokoda Youth Foundation is proud to announce the 10th iteration of its Digital Detox Program (DDP), an initiative promoting balanced technology use among young Australians. As research continues to highlight excessive screen time’s impact on our young people, the DDP stands out as a practical, cost-free solution offered during school holidays.

The 8-day DDP, set amidst the natural backdrop of Kokoda Park, combines mindfulness, educational workshops, and exciting outdoor adventures. It’s a holistic approach designed to foster self-awareness and the importance of real-world connections.

Thanks to the generous support from the Sunshine Coast Kokoda Challenge participants, the upcoming June program is available at no cost.

“We’re dedicated to providing life-changing experiences that empower our youth,” says Johllene Cooper, CEO of the Kokoda Youth Foundation. “In the wake of increased digital consumption, the DDP offers young people a chance to reset and gain perspective on their screen time. Our 10th program is a significant achievement, showcasing our ongoing dedication to fostering healthy digital habits.”

The Foundation is now accepting applications from the Sunshine Coast for the next DDP, scheduled for the June school holidays. Since its inception, the program has seen nine successful iterations, with the last two days of each camp involving parents to promote a family-wide approach to technology management.

Harry, a participant from the January 2023 program, shares, “I thought I had my screen time under control, but I learned a lot. The activities were amazing, and I made great friends. I now use technology more carefully. I’d encourage any 12-14 year old to attend—you’d miss out on a lot if you didn’t.”

In a step towards creating a healthier digital generation, the DDP equips families with the tools to navigate the digital landscape positively, mitigating the risks of digital dependency and fostering mental health resilience.

Amanda, a parent whose child participated in the April 2024 program, expressed her gratitude, “The most heartfelt thank you to the Kokoda Foundation and to the entire crew of DDP9 - you are changing lives and this needs to be shouted from all the rooftops what an amazing effort you are all doing!”. 

The next Digital Detox Program camp will take place from June 23rd to 30th. Applications can be made through the foundation’s website at www.kokodayouthfoundation.com/youth-programs/digital-detox.

Digital Detox Program – June School holidays for Sunshine Coast teenagers

Dates: 23rd - 30th June 2024

Eligibility: 12 to 14-year-olds as of the June school holidays

Cost: Free (Funded through proceeds of the Sunshine Coast Kokoda Challenge)

Location: Kokoda Park, 213 Mulgowie Road, Thornton, QLD 4341


Key Facts:

Free 8 day camp for 12-14 year old these school holidays

Camp combats the negative impact of technology use on young people

Practical way for parents to get much needed support and guidance on a very topical issue


About us:

About Kokoda Youth Foundation: First established in 2004, the foundation is a registered charity which offers transformative youth programs to young people aged 12-18. Inspired by the values of Courage, Endurance, Mateship, and Sacrifice exemplified by the soldiers of the Kokoda Campaign in WWII, the foundation is predominately self-funded through the runs yearly Kokoda Challenge team endurance events in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Lake Macquarie (NSW) and the Sunshine Coast. Through its youth programs, Outdoor Education facilities and the Kokoda Challenge events, the foundation fosters resilience, teamwork, and personal growth.


Contact details:

Chris Emert

Digital Detox Coordinator

ddp@kokodayouthfoundation.com

Ph: 0411 269 778

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