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Screen free week starts today, it is time to rediscover the joys of life beyond screens. Well I am not sure if you know this or not. This week is National Screen Free week. This is a week to go with out screens for fun. Meaning no gaming, TV watching anything really that has to do with a screen, aside doing work and schooling. It really isn’t all that hard, just a simple week with no electronics. I know it may be hard but I have a feeling it will be worth it.Screen free week starts today, it is time to rediscover the joys of life beyond screens. Click To Tweet
For our home it started with the kids, they got the challenge from the young women’s president at church. So it made it more personal for my daughter, she takes the challenges from the church leaders more personal.
Did you know, on average, preschool children spend over four and a half hours a day consuming screen media, while older children spend over seven hours a day including multitasking. Excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with attention span.
Screen Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is coordinated by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a national advocacy organization devoted to reducing the impact of commercialism on children. Since the Week’s founding in 1994, it has been celebrated by millions of children and their families worldwide.
Strange I know but Most kids spend more time with various screens than any other activity even sleeping, I remember sleeping was what we did most. It seems like outside is scary place these days. So this week here in Washington we are kinda lucky since we are having warm sunny weather to help with our screen free week.
We will be doing this over the week. OK Aside from Thursday. We are breaking it a little we bought tickets a while ago to watch Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at the opening as a family, we planned a dinner and family day already so we figure it is still family time. While I will still be working just not any gaming or extra stuff. When my daughter gets home we will be doing family stuff together being screen free.
Kids 8-18 spend more time w/ screens than any activity but sleeping. Celebrate #ScreenFreeWeek May 1st – 7th!… Click To Tweet
A few things planned so far
- Bike riding
- Write letters to family
- Drive out to the river
This is just the list of screen free activities so far, We will probably come up with more over Family Home Evening tonight.
So what What would you and your family do with an extra 20, 30, or even 50 hours a week?