Screen-Free Week is April 18-24
Have you heard of Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff Week)? Many schools send home information about this yearly event that has kids and families across the United States finding activities that don’t include the television or computer. With iPods, iPads, game devices, and cell phones in the hands of many youth, “Screen-Free Week” includes anything with a screen.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is an official endorser of Screen-Free Week (April 18-24), the annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off TVs and other screens and turn on life. According to the MDH, “Children spend far too much time with screens: an average of 32 hours a week for preschoolers and even more for older children. Excessive screen time is linked to childhood obesity and other health and social issues. Instead of relying on screens for entertainment, participants read, daydream, explore, enjoy nature, and enjoy spending time with family and friends.”
We encourage you to take advantage of Screen-Free Week to engage in some fun physical activities as a family. Go for a walk, play a game, ride bike, swim, or anything else that promotes activity. “Screen-Free Week isn’t about snubbing screens for seven days; it’s a springboard for important lifestyle changes that will improve well-being and quality of life all year round” says the CCFC.
Please mark April 18-24 on your calendar and talk to your kids ahead of time to discuss what activities they’d like to try instead of watching television. Encourage your kids to continue with less screen time and more physical activity after Screen-Free Week.