On Sunday, families are being asked to spend the day from start to finish without any technology. It's part of National Unplugging Day after warnings that digital distractions are harming children's health and social skills. Kate Walby reports.
Families are being asked to switch off their computers, ipads and smartphones and take part in National Unplugging Day.
Parents and children are being asked to spend Sunday without any technology.
"It's the interactions that we often miss. I go home and my son is on his phone. I ask 'how's your day at school' and get 'urgh'.
"It's to encourage that dialogue which can be missed in society so I am looking forward to it
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Tim Backshall reports
Scottish Borders Council has handed global company CGI a contract to run its digital services.
Here's how the council says the deal will benefit the Borders:
Jobs and cash:
- 200 new jobs in the Borders which has a potential to bring £107.1m into the local economy
- 49 existing Council ICT staff will remain working in the Borders
- The creation of a second UK Delivery Centre within the Scottish Borders to service CGI’s UK clients
- Modern Apprenticeships will be created through working with Borders College and schools
Connecting with the council:
- A modern digital platform will make it simpler for residents to interact with the Council and receive feedback
- A new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution will replace SBC’s current Finance and HR systems
- A showcase of options to address some of the major connectivity challenges that exist in the Borders. This includes the unbundling of six exchanges to allow CGI to deliver a superfast broadband offering to schools, communities and businesses
The Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk MP, Calum Kerr, has responded to the news that 200 ICT jobs are being created in the Borders.
This is a fantastic announcement for the region and I warmly congratulate Scottish Borders Council and CGI for in putting it in place.
It’s a highly imaginative solution which will bring jobs and better IT - both of which we really need - across the Borders.