National No Phones at Home Day, encourages everyone to disconnect from their devices and focus on spending time together, interacting in real life

18th January 2025

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The aim of National No Phones at Home Day is to encourage people to disconnect from the devices and focus on spending time together, interacting in real life and to see how that feels. Since we started in 2023, No Phones at Home was incorporated as a community interest company. We have had the support of broadcasters such as the BBC who are creating a mini-series about our work, parents, teachers and influencers who appreciate the value of time away from devices, especially for children.

We are working with local councils and schools to educate teachers and those with child caring responsibilities about the impact of device use on psychological development and mental health.

Despite our name, we recognise that phones and devices are an integral part of our lives and are realistic about this. We appreciate that removing phones from daily life isn’t always an option, therefore we aim to encourage setting realistic boundaries and limits on device use, especially for children, whilst providing education surrounding how to do this.

1 in 5 smartphone users spends upwards of 4.5 hours on average on their phones every day.

Daily average screen time for females is approximately 2 hours 47 minutes, compared to 2 hours 34 minutes for males.

78%

78% of females claim to spend more time on their smartphones than their partners.

64%

Males also believe they spend more time on their smartphones than their partners, a lower proportion claimed to do so (64%).

On National No Phones at Home Day, the focus is on encouraging all parents to consciously turn their phones off, switch off iPads and devices, and engage in activities to connect with their children. Through my own explorations, I have found that my child’s behavior and our relationship improved instantly when devices were removed, and we focused on doing tasks together. As adults, we all know how frustrating it is to be snubbed by someone favoring a device over listening to us, and we cannot underestimate the impact that this will have on our children’s sense of worth and wellbeing.

Thanks to BBC, GB News and Local TV for the interview sharing all about No Phones At Home Day

We appreciate all the support that our community can offer us. If you would like to support No Phones at Home, you can do so in a number of ways.

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“For our happiness and survival, we need depth of relationships. We need to understand how to resolve conflict, how to tolerate differences, how to be respectful of one another, how to communicate face to face with other people. These skills, which comprise the art of relationships, are being lost as we become a society of individuals who are face down in their smartphones, favoring online interactions and mindless scrolling over communicating in person. It is my aim through National No Phones at Home Day to encourage families to put the phone away and focus on connecting with their children at home. Undertaking activities together, this can be something as simple as sorting the kitchen cupboard out or folding clothes, or it could be baking, drawing, playing a game; anything that encourages families to connect with each other without devices around. If we can all spend more time away from devices over time and more time connecting with each other, we can help to support the healthy psychological development of our children. Mobile phones are known for impacting the mental health and attitudes of us all; this is especially dangerous for young people because they are more susceptible to the impact of the dangers online. Furthermore, this toxic online world replaces their healthy foundation, which is dangerous for so many reasons. It is my aim to encourage every family to spend at least a day a week without phones at home.”

"It has never been a harder time to be a parent, it has never been a more dangerous time to be a child in an online world."
Kate Winslet
"My daughter is the only 11 year-old in her class that doesn't have one. It's hard. A lot of my friends have their kids on TikTok and I don't "
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"I need to take my scrolling time and make it active time. Workouts, breathing, manifesting, time with my kids and husband. All of it."
Jennifer Love Hewitt
'I tell them, "When you can show me articles that prove that kids are happier with access to social media, we can have that conversation."
Jennifer Garner
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Join us on Saturday 18th January 2025  in putting your phone down for National No Phones at Home Day. In the lead up to the day, we will be putting activities on the website to inspire people with activities for the day.

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