Many of you might not be aware that this is what is called “Screen Free Week” (5–11 May) in many places around the world. I do fully understand the irony of the fact that all of you are reading this via a screen :-). With that said, I still want to highlight this week and provide you with some resources and information as you face the responsibility of raising kids in such a screen-dominated context.
The emphasis of this week has been around since 1994 when it first was called “Turn Off Your TV Week.” Turn Off Your TV Week was started by Adbusters and promoted by a grass roots organization called “TV-Free America,” which then became the Center for Screen Time Awareness (CSTA). In 2007, the name of the week was changed to “TurnOff Week” to reflect the dramatic growth in use of the computer and other screen-type devices. In 2010, the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) took over promoting the week and changed the name to “Screen Free Week.”
“Screen Free Week is an annual event when children, families, schools, and communities are encouraged to turn off screens and ‘turn on life.’ Instead of relying on television programming for entertainment, participants read, daydream, explore, enjoy nature, and spend time with family and friends. Over 300 million people have taken part in the turnoff, with millions participating each year.” (Wikipedia)
Below is the link to the Screen Free Week webpage that gives resources and information regarding the need for us and our children to gain more control and discipline in the area of screen media.