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1. What was your #GadgetFreeHour Experience like?

2. Would you spend Gadget-Free Time with your child again?

Tell us how you spent the one hour with your family. How did you and your family feel? We’d love to know!

About #GadgetFreeHour

The goal of #GadgetFreeHour is to help parents and children experience the MAGIC and JOY of connection without any distractions.

On November 20, 2020, for one hour between 7:30pm and 8:30pm switch off all gadgets and spend time with your family laughing, chatting, playing...

Just 60 minutes of connecting with your children and family will help you create memories for a lifetime

#GadgetFreeHour My Family Time Contest Winners

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Schools under Tamil Nadu Government
Schools under Puducherry Government
Schools under Early Childhood Association
Empowering Women in IT
Young Indians

Meet the Pledge Takers

  • Sandhya (Indian Actress)

  • Srinivas (Playback Singer)

  • Harish Kalyan (Indian Actor)

  • Unnikrishnan (Playback Singer)

  • Sonia Agarwal (Indian Actress)

  • Lakshmy Ramakrishnan (Indian Actress and Director)

  • Viswanathan Anand (Chess Legend)

  • Samuthirakani (Indian Film Actor, National Award Winner)

  • Chinmayi (Playback Singer)

  • Dr. Sudha Raja (Carnatic Vocalist)

  • C Devarajan (Managing Director, URC Construction)

  • Anushka and Akanksha (Banerjee Beats)

  • Vivek Abrol (Sr Vice President, Art and Fabric division Pidilite Industries)

  • Suman Sarma (Educator)

  • Aditi Singhal (Entrepreneur and Author)

  • A V Dharmakrishnan (CEO, Ramco Cements LTD)

  • Sarah Ali Choudhury (International Food Expert)

  • Juri Barman (Bank Official)

  • Kiran More (Former Indian Cricketer)

  • Dr. Mickey Mehta (Fitness Guru)

  • Shan Re (Painter and Sculptor)

  • Dr. Sunita Maheshwari (Founder of RxDx Healthcare)

  • Ranjani Indrajith (Co-founder, My Chapter One Reading Gym)

  • Kashmira Dubash (Mompreneur)

  • Gursharan Preet Kaur (Indian Wrestler)

  • Anju Bobby George (Former Indian Athlete)

  • Rashmi Navada (Freelance Writer)

  • Dr. Bhumika Patel (IBM Ambassador)

  • Raksha Changappa (Pioneer Dietitian, Complex Diseases)

  • Deepika Kumari (Indian Archer)

  • Ashwini Nachappa (Indian Athlete and Actor)

  • Manjulatha Kalanidhi (Journalist)

  • Priya Kathpal (Nutritionist)

Gadget Free Hour Stories

  • My son went from saying, ‘No Chance’ to #GadgetFreeHour, to saying, ‘Can we have #GadgetFreeHour again tomorrow?’ after we spent a fun hour of playing together.

    Rex Savio FernandoParent

  • Thank you for this wonderful initiative by the ParentCircle team. Got to know about my daughter’s (1.5 years old) skills and her grasping power. We were amazed to see her talent. We played many interactive games.


  • My mother was very emotional. She said to specially thank you for this #GadgetFreeHour. We have not spent time like this together (my parents, my child, my wife and I), as a family, in at least 4 years


  • We ate dinner on the porch and enjoyed the cool breeze. Then, my son played the guitar. Our phones, TV, and other gadgets were switched off. The hour flew by pleasantly. We had a good time.

    Roopa MParent

  • I am busy almost 365 days because of my business, but today our daughters asked us to play with them, on their teacher’s request. We enjoyed a lot and realized what we are missing out in our daily life. All credit goes to #GadgetFreeHour 2019.

    Pasam NaveenkumarParent

  • My younger son was the teacher and we were all students during #GadgetFreeHour. I have never seen my wife laugh so much.


Hear from the experts

  • Dr Debarati Halder Cyber Expert

  • Dr Madhu Purushothaman Pediatrician

  • Dr. Jamuna Rajeswaran Prof. Clinical Psychology

  • Anya Kamenetz Author, The Art of Screen Time

  • Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma SHUT clinic

  • Dr Catherine Steiner-Adair Author, The Big Disconnect

  • Dr Jayashree Jayakrishnan Lactation Consultant, Fortis Malar Hospital

  • Dr Benny Benjamin Senior Consultant Pediatrician, Fortis Malar Hospital

  • Dr Nithya Ramamurthy Senior Consultant Gynaecology, Fortis Malar Hospital

  • Dr Radhi Malar Anand Consultant Ophthalmologist, Fortis Malar Hospital

  • Dr Vasanth R Consultant Psychiatrist, Fortis Malar Hospital

  • Sneha George Counselling Psychologist, Fortis Malar Hospital

  • Princess Naik Founder & Managing Director, Playcoop

  • Dr Kalpana Bharani Kumar Consultant Peaditrician and Neonatologist - Motherhood Hospital, Chennai

  • Diana Graber Author of Raising Humans in a Digital World, and Founder of Cyberwise and Cyber Civics

  • Rishipal Chauhan Founder-President, Jiva Institute of Vedic Sciences

  • Hon Dr. Chinmay Pandya Pro Vice Chancellor, Dev Sankskriti Vishwavidyalaya University

  • Shwetambari Shetty Author and Fitness expert

  • Kakoli Thakur Journalist and Home Chef

  • Dr Nithya Poornima Clinical Psychologist

  • Shreya Suraj Educator and Artist


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  • What kids feel about their parent’s use of gadgets

  • Do you use your phone 52 times a day?

  • The biggest impediment to connecting with our children is….gadgets

  • 21 Tips To Manage Your Screen Time

  • Balancing Screen Time And Family Time

  • Finding Offline balance in an Online world

  • Should children be allowed screen time while eating?

  • How We Moved On From Photo Albums To Digital Media

  • 20 Tips to Boost Parent-Child Connection

  • 20 Fun Things To Do With Tweens And Teens

  • 20 Fun Games And Activities To Do With Toddlers

  • How To Make Animal Hand Shadows

  • 20 Fun Things To Do With Preschoolers

  • Parenting is 80% connection

  • Making peace with your child’s use of technology

  • Ashwini Nachappa: Every Child Is Blessed With Some Unique Quality

  • Ace Archer Deepika Kumari On Sports, Mental Toughness And Parenting

  • "Anju Bobby George: Don’t Hesitate To Let Your Child Take Up Sports "

  • “Enjoy Screens, Not Too Much, Mostly Together”: An Interview With Anya Kamenetz

  • Parents Are The First Gurus: Chinmayi Sripada, Indian Playback Singer

  • Gadget Free Hour: Creative Ways To Spend Quality Time With Your Family


  • Anya Kamenetz How much is too much screen time?

  • Anya Kamenetz How to engage children without screens?

  • Dr Catherine Steiner-Adair Screen time for young children in the new normal- What can you do?

  • Dr Catherine Steiner-Adair Screen time for elementary age children in the new normal- What can you do?

  • Dr Catherine Steiner-Adair Struggle with online classes- What can you do?

  • Dr Manoj Kumar Sharma Keeping your child focused on online classes

  • Dr Manoj Kumar Sharma Impact of screens in children's social development

  • Dr Manoj Kumar Sharma Cybersafety in the New Normal

  • Parents vs Teen Debate Parents should Set Limits and Control on Their Teens Social Media and Screen Usage


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Gadget Free Hour 2019 Report

GADGET FREE HOUR2019 Participants

  • 96872 Schools

  • 11 Corporates

  • 13


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