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Gadget Free Hour

  1. What was your #GadgetFreeHour Experience like?
  2. Would you spend Gadget-Free Time with your child again?
  3. All questions are mandatory

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

Our Mission

Once a year, on World Children’s Day, we encourage all families in India to observe #GadgetFreeHour between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm.

During this hour we urge parents, children, and their families to switch off all gadgets and spend time with each other – laughing, eating, playing, chatting, and experiencing the joy of connection.

Our Mission

About #GadgetFreeHour

#GadgetFreeHour campaign was first launched in 2019 to help parents and children experience the MAGIC and JOY of connection without any distractions.

This year, we’re back with a new, bigger edition of #GadgetFreeHour on World Children’s Day, November 20, 2021.

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

How to Take Part

Take the pledge to stay away from gadgets and spend time together on #GadgetFreeHour between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm on World Children’s Day, November 20, 2021

Spread the word Participate in activities
  • HahaHehe Challenge: Laugh out loud with your child and share that moment with us
  • 14-Day Challenge: Fun 5-minute activities for the entire family
  • Get ideas to disconnect to reconnect with your children
  • Join our community and share your experiences
  • Subscribe and stay updated

#HahaHehe Challenge

A fun engagement activity urging people to laugh out loud with their children and take videos of these hilarious family moments. We encourage them to post these videos on their social media pages with #HahaHeheChallenge and #GadgetFreeHour tags and spread the word among their friends to take up the challenge.

HahaHehe Challenge

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  • Take the pledge to disconnect from gadgets and spend time with your children on World Children’s Day, Nov 20, 2021 between 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm.
  • Join the movement and raise awareness about #GadgetFreeHour.
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Associations

Schools under Tamil Nadu Government

Schools under Puducherry Government

Schools under Early Childhood Association

International Council for School Leadership (ICSL)

FICCI FLO

NASSCOM - Kerala

  • 180 Schools Participating

  • 26 Organisations Participating

  • 17 Corporates Participating

  • 13 Restaurants Participating

Celebrity Pledges

  • Kasthuri Andaal Saravanan(Radio Jockey)

  • Dr Partap Chauhan(Director, Jiva group)

  • Ajay Sharma(Filmaker)

  • Rishipal Chauhan(Director, Jiva group)

  • Gopa B(Parent Blogger and Entrepreneur)

  • Dr Srikala Prasad(Gynecologist)

  • Nishita Goswami(Actress)

  • Dr Vikram Kumar(Siddha Doctor)

  • Dr Ashoo Grover(Senior Scientist)

  • Sonalika - Srinika(Mother-daughter duo classical dancers)

  • Dr. R. Rajammal(National Best Teacher Award winner)

  • Talaivasal Vijay(Actor)

  • Sonali Khan(MD, Sesame Workshop India)

  • Rj Kay Kay(Radio Jockey)

  • Rj Aloysious(Radio Jockey)

  • Rj Toshila(Radio Jockey)

  • Swami Vimurtananda(Head, Ramakrishna Mutt, Thanjavur)

  • Mahathi(Carnatic singer)

  • Neelima Isai(Actor)

  • Dr Velu Saravanan(Children’s theatre artist)

  • Loganayaki(Journalist)

  • Sriranjani Sundaram(Anchor)

  • Saindhavi(Playback Singer)

  • Daboo Ratnani(Celebrity Photographer)

  • Dileepan(Actor)

  • Asit Kumarr Modi(Maker, Taarak Mehta ka Oolta Chashma)

  • Rishi Piparaiya(Author)

  • T M Krishna(Musician)

  • Sonia Agarwal(Indian Actress)

  • Viswanathan Anand(Chess Legend)

  • Chinmayi(Playback Singer)

  • Anushka and Akanksha(Banerjee Beats)

  • 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)

Testimonials

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

SelvamParent

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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

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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

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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

BharanidharanParent

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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

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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.

KarthigeyanParent

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What Experts Say (2020)

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    Shreya SurajEducator and Artist

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    Dr Nithya PoornimaClinical Psychologist

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    Kakoli ThakurJournalist and Home Chef

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    Shwetambari ShettyAuthor and Fitness expert

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    Hon Dr. Chinmay PandyaPro Vice-Chancellor, Dev Sankskriti Vishwavidyalaya University

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    Rishipal ChauhanFounder-President, Jiva Institute of Vedic Sciences

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    Diana GraberAuthor of Raising Humans in a Digital World, and Founder of Cyberwise and Cyber Civics

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    Dr Kalpana Bharani KumarConsultant Peaditrician and Neonatologist - Motherhood Hospital, Chennai

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    Princess NaikFounder & Managing Director, Playcoop

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    Sneha GeorgeCounselling Psychologist, Fortis Malar Hospital

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    Dr Vasanth RConsultant Psychiatrist, Fortis Malar Hospital

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    Dr Radhi Malar AnandConsultant Ophthalmologist, Fortis Malar Hospital

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    Dr Nithya RamamurthySenior Consultant Gynaecology, Fortis Malar Hospital

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    Dr Benny BenjaminSenior Consultant Pediatrician, Fortis Malar Hospital

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    Dr Jayashree JayakrishnanLactation Consultant, Fortis Malar Hospital

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    Dr Catherine Steiner-AdairAuthor, The Big Disconnect

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    Dr. Manoj Kumar SharmaSHUT clinic

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    Anya KamenetzAuthor, The Art of Screen Time

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    Dr. Jamuna RajeswaranProf. Clinical Psychology

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    Dr Madhu PurushothamanPediatrician

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    Dr Debarati HalderCyber Expert

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  • Gadgets and tech toys are playing an increasing role in the lives of toddlers: Should we be concerned?

  • The power of play: Here is how fun, traditional childhood games can help children thrive

  • Here's a list of pretend play ideas, benefits and activities that have the power to build your child's creativity

  • 8 Most engaging screen-free activities that will keep you and your child occupied

  • Struggling to break free from excess use of gadgets? Try these 21 effective tips to manage your screen time

  • Boredom buster for all age groups: Try these super fun family games to play at home

  • Traditional Indian indoor and outdoor games which families can play together

  • Weave these 20 ways to your daily routine and spend quality time with your preschooler

  • The health benefits of close parent-child relationships: More reasons to spend quality time with your child

  • Are you struggling to bond with your teen? Here are some simple ways to reconnect

  • What to do when your teen shuts you out of his life and refuses to spend time with the family

  • Family bonding: Importance of spending time with family and 6 interesting activities to promote bonding

  • 6 effective digital detox mantras to reduce screen time for children

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  • Addicted to your phone? Here are 12 fun things you and your family can do without smartphones

  • Worried about your child's gadget use? Here are the advantages and disadvantages you need to know about

  • Tips for making peace with your child's screen time. A look at 12 useful and effective ones

  • Looking for ways to creatively engage your preschooler? Try these fun activities and games

  • Do you allow your child screen time while eating? Here's why it might be a bad idea and what you can do instead

  • Doing Activities Together Is A Good Way to Bond With Your Child And Build A Strong Relationship

  • Is gardening your stress buster? Here are 10 tips on growing a home garden with your children

  • Don't hesitate to let your child take up sports, says one of India’s most illustrious track and field athletes Anju Bobby George

  • Ace archer and Padma Shri awardee Deepika Kumari on sports, mental toughness, parenting, and more

  • Every child is blessed with some unique quality, says renowned field and track athlete Ashwini Nachappa

  • From photo albums to digital media: How can children learn to value special memories

  • How To Make Animal Hand Shadows— An Engaging And Creative Activity For Children

  • Stuck indoors and feeling bored? Fret not, here are 20 fun things to do with tweens and teens to drive boredom away

  • Fun games and activities to try at home that will keep tots happy, busy and entertained

  • Do you use your phone 52 times a day? Then it's time for a digital detox

  • How can a person become ‘indistractable’? An interview with bestselling author Nir Eyal

  • Not sure about the right age to introduce gadgets to your child? Here are some pointers that will help

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