'Digital Detox' challenge Tarporley High School and Sixth Form College

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A thousand secondary school pupils have been challenged to turn off their technology and do a week-long digital detox.
Pupils at Tarporley High School pledged not to use social media or play computer games as part of an experiment on BBC Radio 5 live's Afternoon Edition programme.
They vowed to stay off Snapchat, Facebook and their favourite games while BBC Radio 5 live recorded the results and documented their experiences.
It's thought to be the biggest 'digital detox' experiment ever involving young people and comes as concern about how much time school children spend gaming and on social media is growing.

BBC Radio 5 live and BBC News School Report asked the pupils to record video diaries and the school conducted a survey during the week about the young people's experiences.

The Claxon Starts The Challenge Live On Air

Presenter Chris Warburton was at the school on Wednesday, March 2 to launch the challenge and on Monday 7th March to see how students were getting on.
from left -- Mr Bowland, Abbey, Patrick, Deputy Headteacher Mr Lowe, Presenter Chris Warburton and Sam


Students Recording With Chris Warburton

Students Recorded with Chris Warburton for Radio 5 Live: Students from left- Henry, Daisy, Oscar and Jess He was also back on Wednesday 9th March to report from the school all day at the end of the challenge.

Students have been treated to a whole host of filming and recording opportunities so far with BBC Radio 5 Live broadcasting live from the school and BBC North West Tonight featuring the story on Wednesday, March 2 in their teatime edition.

Sam  Patrick On North West Tonight

from left -- Patrick, Sam, NWT Presenter Ian Haslam.

Meanwhile budding bloggers Tom, Arianne and Niamph have documented the action and have had their article published on the BBC website alongside many students' video diaries from the experiment.

In addition to this, Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones rang the school and spoke to Patrick, aged 15 about the project so he could feature the school on the BBC News website.

Ffion Eaton, assistant headteacher at Tarporley High School, said: "This experiment has given us all an exciting opportunity to reflect on the role that technology plays in our lives. The students have enjoyed all the filming and recording immensely"

BBC Links:
THS Student Daisy on Radio 5
Main article
Article with clips from Radio 5 Live
BBC North West Tonight:
Students' video diaries -
20 minutes that Radio 5 Live broadcast
Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC news Technology correspondent, has featured us on the BBC website