International Screen-Free Week
April 30-May 6 is International Screen-Free Week, the annual celebration where children, families, schools and communities swap screen time for healthy and fun activities! Instead of watching TV, surfing the web, or playing with apps and video games, they read, play, think, create, get active, and spend more time with family and friends. It’s a chance for children — and adults — to power down and reconnect with the world around them.
What would your family do with an extra 20, 30 or even 50 hours per week?
Tips for Families for a Great Screen-Free Week
- Try to get everyone in your family on board for Screen-Free Week. If adults are fully committed, children feel everyone is sharing the experience.
- Decide what “screen-free” means for your family. Does it include email and text messaging? Are you still going to Skype with family members? There’s no “right” way to do this, but make sure you’re clear what your commitments are.
- Set a calendar of activities and events for the week. One goal of Screen-Free Week is to allow kids unstructured time to play. However, if this is your first time participating as a family, you’ll want to schedule some activities early in the week so that everyone can adjust to being screen-free. Invite friends, relatives and neighbours to join in on the fun. If you need some ideas check out these 101 Screen-Free Activities.
- Reclaim the family meal as a time for talking together and sharing stories. Plan your meals ahead of time and include the entire family (when possible) in the preparation and presentation of the meal. Check out these conversation starters to connect around the table.
- At the end of the week, celebrate what you have accomplished, talk about how you feel, and what aspects of the week you would like to keep going. Consider making a family media plan to make rules and guidelines about screen-time use going forward.
Visit screenfree.org to learn more! Let us know on Twitter or Facebook if you plan to participate in the week!