SCREEN-FREE WEEK is here (April 18-24, 2011)! It's an annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off screens and turn on life. If you haven't done it yet, try going one day without any viewing any screens.
The motivation behind this annual event begins with this simple fact: Excessive screen time is harmful for children. Time with screens is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, and attention problems. And it is primarily through screens that children are exposed to harmful marketing. Regardless of whether they are consuming “good” or “bad” programming, it’s clear that screen media dominates the lives of far too many children, displacing all sorts of other activities that are integral to childhood.
Screen-Free Week is a fun and innovative opportunity to improve children’s well-being by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media, including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices. It’s a chance for children — and their parents — to examine their relationship with entertainment media and rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. That’s why more than 60 prominent organizations have endorsed Screen-Free Week.