Michael Mercier, President of Screen Education, spoke today at the Christian Camp & Conference Association's annual conference in Orlando, FL.
Mr. Mercier's session, was titled "Optimizing the Mental Health Benefits of Your No-Phone Policy". The talk was based upon his 4 years of conducting research with kids attending phone-free overnight camps. The talk covered the following topics: it described the mental health benefits campers derive from attending overnight summer camps that don't allow phones; it suggested activities camps can offer that optimize the long-term benefits campers derive from this break from smartphones; it explained how to train staff to optimize the benefits campers receive while unplugged; and it provided practical tips to help camps market the unique benefits of the phone-free camp experience they are providing.
Mr. Mercier's appearance at the CCCA annual conference followed a webinar he conducted for CCCA membership in November, 2018.