Sicily Playground Bans Phones for Kids and Adults – English

(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 29 – A playground in Sicily has become the first public space in Italy to ban children and adults from using their smartphones.

The fair, in Balestrate, a small town outside Palermo, put up signs banning phones and urging users to put them in a cupboard near the entrance.

The project, which aims to prevent young and old from chatting via the web and using social media, is an offshoot of the parents’ association of Balestrate.

“This playground”, explains the creator of the project Riccardo Vescovo, “aims to send a message to parents and children, of attention and care for public goods.

“Not using social networks and smartphones means reflecting on the importance of the reality that surrounds us and rediscovering the authentic value of life.

“In the words of Pope Francis, it’s an invitation to be more social and less on social media.”

The playground welcomes hundreds of visitors every day.

“It’s a great novelty for children and parents,” says Piera Testaverde, president of the parents’ association of Balestrate.

“The little ones are very careful to respect the ban, and for the big ones too, it’s a pleasure to be away from technology for a few hours.

“We’ve even set up some old-fashioned games for kids and their grandparents to play together.” (ANSA).

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