The Campaign for a Commercial Free ChildhoodScreen-Free Week provides the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate your family’s screen time. Being held from April 18-24, this annual event is designed to heighten awareness about the time we spend in front of screens that research concludes is astonishing.
The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood’s cites research that shows preschoolers spend “an astonishing average of 32 hours a week” in front of screens and the time increases as children get older. The non-profit group also states, “Time with screens is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, attention issues and other health and social problems.”
Rather than completely disconnecting from all screens this week, ease into it. Use this week as an opportunity to think about the time that your family spends in front of devices with screens. Consider it an opportunity to reconnect with your child by creating conversations about what your child sees on a screen. In the long run, having an open dialogue about the content being seen on screens is a better solution than completely cutting off screen time this week.
Having just come home from Mom 2.0 and a whirlwind weekend of learning in New Orleans, I’m going to unplug a little in honor of Screen-Free Week. Now is the perfect time for me disconnect in favor of processing what I’ve learned while spending quality time with Little Miss Techie and Captain Computer during their spring break.
We’re going to be planting the seeds that were given out as conference swag (thanks Claritin!), working in our vegetable garden to prepare the final bed for planting, testing out new board games, and Little Miss Techie wants to practice using the sewing machine.
In fact, Captain Computer just came to ask what we’re going to do today so now is a perfect time for me to get off the computer and enjoy this beautiful spring day.
Please note that posting will be lighter than usual this week as I honor my commitment to spend time with my family during Screen-Free Week.
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