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Majid Ali is playing a lot of soccer these days and trying to ignore his parents and brother when they watch his favorite TV show, "The Big Bang Theory."

"They love torturing me about this," Majid says.

Beginning March 1, Majid and 114 other seventh-graders at Greendale Middle School in Wisconsin have tried to go cold turkey on technology. No "American Idol." No Facebook. No Xbox.

The school's Tune Out is an annual rite of spring, raising funds for charity and...

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