Technology addicted teens are being sent to boot camp to kick their social media and gaming habits with ex-service men and women.
Australian teenagers are stepping away from their screens and spending nine days at a boot camp ran by Australian defence force veterans.
But the boot camp isn’t cheap at $4000 dollars for the technology detox.
The ex-service men and women are using their both physical and mental military resilience to help high-school students step out of the virtual world and in to reality
The ex-service men and women use both physical and mental military resilience to help high-school students step out of the virtual world and in to reality.
Any means of technology is taken off them and bagged up for the nine-day camp in the Springbrook on the Gold Coast.
‘The second they get on our bus we take their phones and any technology they have off them straight away,’ Glenn Filtness from Veteran Mentors told Seven News.
‘We have kids coming in that are lacking self-confidence and addicted to technology,’ he said.
Veteran Mentor was designed by the Australian Defence Force is made up of veterans from the front line of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The temporary army cadets polish boots, are put through fitness routines and learn coping mechanisms for real-life obstacles.
The program is based around a military ethos of self-discipline, teamwork, moral and physical courage.
It is designed for an average teenager who might struggle with low self-esteem or confidence, they may be disobedient, disrespectful or rude.
The program can also help teenagers who find it difficult to make friends, if they are disengaging from school or failing to achieve their full potential.
Veteran Mentor is not the only Australian course running a military style boot camp for troubled teens with Veterans 4 Youth operating a ten day course in South East Queensland that also caters to primary school students.
The camps both disclose they aren’t designed to take in teenagers who are addicted to drugs or alcohol, have been in detention or have a history of violence.