Touring with children: Cell phones & Electronics
Date: May 28, 2014
We are a community choir that has been touring for about 30 years.
The benefits or touring are enormous. One benefit (which for those of you who do it, this is preaching to the choir) is a healthy, controlled separation from parents, giving a child some opportunity to develop some independence.
I inherited our rules of the road when I joined which was about 20 years ago. The rule was no cell phones and that was easy to enforce in the beginning.
Kids were allowed to bring electronic games for the bus as long as they had head phones and didn't disturb anyone around them. But, I am so behind the time on "gaming" I have no idea what boys have, or need, want or even what the capabilities are.
I also think being off the social grid is healthy for a few days. If they are on social media, they are not connected to each other and becoming better friends, comrades and ultimately better choral singers as the group bonds, is an important part of tour.
I have heard people collecting phones on the bus and passing them out again for camera use etc...
What about music on the bus??
We also have a disparity of ages. Most of the travelers are 11 to 14. Then there is a subset of 15 to 18 year olds. Different stages of development.
What are some of your rules and thoughts about traveling with kids and electronics?
Times have changed...our values of friendship and caring and quality time together should not.
Your collective wisdom is always appreciated.