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== Impact ==
GadgetFreeHour Campaignis Campaign is widely regarded as the first of it campaign that touched 10 million lives in India. Individuals, institutions, schools, organizations, hotels, corporates, the southern wing of CBSE and Tamil Nadu Directorate of School Education joined the campaign. Parents and children not only pledged to spend gadget-free time with each other but they were also inundated with heartwarming anecdotes of how this 1 hour was a life-altering experience for many families and how they would want to make it a regular practice.<ref>{{Cite news|url=https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/drop-the-gadgets-spend-time-to-talk-to-your-children-says-parents-organisation/article29962346.ece|title=Drop the gadgets, spend time to talk to your children, says parents’ organisation|date=2019-11-13|work=The Hindu|access-date=2020-01-07|others=Special Correspondent|language=en-IN|issn=0971-751X}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|url=https://ns7.tv/ta/23k604|title=#GadgetFreeHour - பெற்றோருக்கும் குழந்தைகளுக்குமான உறவை உறுதிப்படுத்தும் புதிய முயற்சி...! {{!}} #GadgetFreeHour - Directorate of school education to launch a campaign! {{!}} News7 Tamil|website=ns7.tv|language=ta|access-date=2020-01-07}}</ref>
GadgetFreeHour has been able to set a precedent about the importance and joy of connecting with loved ones.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2019/nov/13/have-a-gadget-free-childrens-day-in-bengaluru-2061307.html|title=Have a gadget-free Children’s Day in Bengaluru|website=The New Indian Express|access-date=2020-01-07}}</ref>
Understanding that lives today are highly dependent on gadgets, the organizers thought that just allocating an hour for no-gadget usage and distancing ourselves from the virtual would help in celebrating the real connections.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://tamil.indianexpress.com/education-jobs/tn-schools-asked-to-join-parent-circle-gadget-free-hour-campaign-childrens-day/|title=#GadgetFreeHour பிரச்சாரத்தில் தமிழக அரசு பள்ளிகள் – சுற்றறிக்கை வெளியீடு|date=2019-11-06|website=Indian Express Tamil|language=ta-IN|access-date=2020-01-07}}</ref> Thus, as a precursor to the #GadgetFreeHour Campaign as well as to increase awareness on the importance of familial connections ParentCircle kick-started with the #Disconnect2Reconnect Campaign from 17th October until 3rd November requesting parents to connect with their children by disconnecting from their gadgets. #GadgetFreeHour soon followed suit  from 4th November 2019 and the idea struck a chord with millions, finally culminating on 14th November 2019 from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM where families experienced pure moments of connection by engaging in fun activities that did not involve the usage of gadgets.<ref>{{Cite web|url=https://tamil.samayam.com/latest-news/state-news/tn-government-request-parents-to-spend-time-with-children-tomorrow/articleshow/72039181.cms|title=குழந்தைகளைப் பாருங்கள் ஒருமணி நேரம்.. பெற்றோர்களுக்கு கல்வித்துறை கோரிக்கை|date=2019-11-13|website=Samayam Tamil|language=ta|access-date=2020-01-07}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|url=https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/movie-screenings-carnival-games-kids-in-thane-navi-mumbai-celebrate-children-s-day/story-JbrcWYWVTw2znKUP58HKbO.html|title=Movie screenings, carnival, games: Kids in Thane, Navi Mumbai celebrate Children’s Day|date=2019-11-15|website=Hindustan Times|language=en|access-date=2020-01-07}}</ref>
[[File:GadgetFreeHour Event Nov 14.JPG|thumb|GadgetFreeHourmovement at KC Toshniwal Vivekananda Vidyalaya School]]
== Organizations and Celebrities that support Gadget Free Hour ==
GadgetFreeHour was supported by celebrities and experts as there is a growing recognition of a need for such a ‘movement’. Some of the experts and celebrities to endorse the #GadgetFreeHour include, Dr. Tchiki Davis, Dr. Laura Markham, Dr. Nithya Poornima, Blake Snow, Tanya Goodin and others.
[[File:GadgetFreeHour Event Nov.JPG|thumb|GadgetFreeHourmovement at CSI Gell Memorial School, Ooty]]
Actors Sameera Reddy and Bhumika Chawla, Chess legend Vishwanathan Anand, Cricketers Mithali Raj and Ravichandran Ashwin, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, Top Radio Jockey ‘RJ’ Balaji, Singers Unnikrishnan and Mahati, Dancer VP  Dhananjayan and Stand-up comedian Amit Tandon.
[[File:GadgetFreeHour Event Nov evnt.JPG|thumb|GadgetFreeHourmovement at Visakan School]]
== Sponsors ==
== Partners ==
GadgetFreeHour campaign was joined by several partners in this initiative and message is spread to all their stakeholders. In 2019 event; 96,872 schools, 13 organizations, 12 corporates, 28 hotels/ restaurants and 2 Activity Partners had participated.
[[File:GadgetFreeHour Event.JPG|thumb|GadgetFreeHourmovement at Chethana Matric Higher Secondary School, Madurai]]
==GadgetFreeHour in Media==
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