Jay Laga’aia talks his new tour and our Screen Free Challenge

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Wed 17 August 2016

7 mins

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In his own words, Jay Laga’aia is "just an oversized kid that likes to play.”

And when you have eight children of your own on top of that, you develop a pretty good sense of what kids like to see and experience.

Ahead of his ‘Jay’s Jungle’ Victorian tour, based on the TV show of the same name, we spoke to Jay about staying energetic on stage and being working parent that has to travel. 

He also shared the ways to gets his own kids off the screen to help you with the #screenfreechallenge:

1. Set the timer

Jay says this is his go-to for cutting down screen time, “Sometimes it has to be as basic as setting the oven timer.”

Allotted time per child with no wiggle room forces them to entertain themselves in other ways.

2. "The Lean" - turn the Internet off

This is what Jay calls "The Lean" technique. For older kids it's more difficult to restrict their screen time, so when the Internet goes off, all the teenagers lean out the hallway to see what’s gone wrong. Following that is an opportunity to interact with real life humans!

3. Don’t use the smartphone as a reflex

Jay says he finds it easy to fall into the trap of just handing over the smartphone as ‘babysitters for the kids. Instead think of other activities to do together, like colouring in or making music for at least half an hour each.

Share your favourite screen free tips on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook by using our hashtag #screenfreechallenge

Jay's Jungle VIC tour dates

Friday September 2 - Glen Eira Town Hall 

Saturday September 3 - Ukrainian House, Essendon   

Sunday September 4 - Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts  

Wednesday September 7 - South Barwon Civic Centre, Geelong  

Thursday September 8 - Encore Events Centre, Hoppers Crossing

Friday September 9 - Hawthorn Arts Centre    

Saturday September 10 - Beaconhills College Performing Arts Centre, Berwick  

Sunday September 11 - The Alan Ross Centre, Billanook College Mooroolbark

Find out how to get tickets here.

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