Here at Power of Moms, we’ve addressed the issue of screen time in various ways.
- Have you heard our Radio Show about making peace with screen time?
- Or seen our Screen Time Chart video?
- Or read When the TV Goes Off, Life Begins?
Now we’re joining thousands of schools, libraries, organizations, and community groups in a coordinated effort:
“Screen-Free Week” is right now! We’d love to have you join us in turning OFF recreational screen time in our lives while really turning ON the world around us.
As a deliberate mother, you probably already know that many children around the world are spending too much time with screens.
A staggering 32 hours a week is average for preschoolers–and even more for older kids. Miniaturized media technology, including cell phones featuring child-targeted apps, mp3 players, iPads, and other hand-held devices, mean that some children are immersed in screens, and the things they sell, nearly every waking moment.
You likely also know the costs.
Poor school performance, childhood obesity, and problems with attention are just a few. While some screen time is generally totally fine for kids, the large amount of screen time that many children experience changes children’s fundamental connection to the world. It deprives them of hands-on creative play—the foundation of learning, creativity, constructive problem solving, and the capacity to wrestle with life to make it meaningful.
And you know how important it is to help our families (and ourselves!) find fun and engaging alternatives to screen time.
Our children need opportunities to explore their own ideas and creations, enjoy each other, and take pleasure in the world around them.
While we at Power of Moms believe some regular screen time is a wonderful thing for most people (we do run a website, after all!), we also believe that taking a break from all recreational screen time during Screen-Free Week can help us re-program our homes and our families so that our post-Screen-Free-Week lives can be more full of interactive fun and creative, active play and a little less infused with screen time.
Screen-Free Week is brought to us by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC). Since the Week’s founding in 1994, it has been celebrated by millions of children and their families worldwide.
CCFC has put together a comprehensive guide to help you plan for Screen-Free Week and make it a wonderful week for your family. Following are some samples of what is included in this totally free guide. Check out what’s below then you can get the entire guide here.
For access to the full kit (it’s free) including printable versions of the information above plus lots of other great helps, please visit the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood HERE.
(And to share your support, “Like” or comment on our Facebook announcement.)