Free kit helps you turn off the tube
Freebie alert! Did you know that April 30-May 6 is Screen-Free Week? The challenge is to turn off the screen media for a week and see if you and your imagination are changed. New this year: You can download a free Screen-Free Week Organizers Kit to help you plan that week. It is a 68-page guide filled with fact sheets, activities, pledge cards and more. This could be a great thing for teachers too.
This campaign, originally called TV Turnoff Week, was launched because "children are spending way too much time with screens — a staggering 32 hours a week for preschoolers and even more for older kids," the website notes. "The costs of excessive screen time are enormous: poor school performance, childhood obesity, and problems with attention are just a few."
Do you think your kids could take a week where their free time is spent playing outside, reading, daydreaming or having fun with family and friends? Sounds like a nightmare, I know!
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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