April 29 - May 5, 2013 is Screen-Free Week… an event that challenges children, teens and families to go for a week without screen time (or with reduced screen time).
Screen Time Can Include:
- Watching television
- Being on a computer
- Tablet or smart phone
- Playing video games
This yearly event encourages participants to explore other entertainment options. Instead of hitting the screens after dinner, why not go for a family walk or a bike ride? Try your hand at some of the board games from your childhood… or ask your children what’s new or interesting to them. Cuddling together on the couch to read a book can be a soothing experience for the whole family. High school or college students can arrange to hang out “in person” instead of virtually.
By taking the opportunity during this week to try new or different types of entertainment, people often discover that going screen-free is something they want to try more often.
Healthy Children Radio: Screen-Free Week (Audio)
Screen-Free Week (April 29 - May 5, 2013) is a national celebration where children, families, schools, and whole communities turn off entertainment screen media,TV, video games, apps and other screens. Families can take this time to play, create, read, explore nature and enjoy family and friends.
Pediatrician Marjorie Hogan, MD, FAAP, comes on the Healthy Children show on RadioMD to talk about how parents can encourage their kids to find alternatives to screens this week.
The resources below can help parents learn more about media use in childhood and ways to manage children’s “media diet.”