Unplug, Unwind, and Reconnect with Your Family

Did you know that kids spend as many as 7 to 8 hours each day using technology?  Kids and teens watch TV, use the computer for doing homework, surfing the internet, and for connecting with friends.  They play video games, and talk and text on cell phones too.  Kids are such good multi-taskers they often use more than one kind of technology at a time.  Most spend a total of 10 hours each day plugged in one way or another.

Screen-Free Week is a nationwide opportunity for families to turn off technology and reconnect face to face with each other and extended family and friends.  Mark your calendar for April 30-May 6, 2012.  Take a break from technology and spend some quality family time together.  Limit screen time to 2 hours or  less each day for everyone during screen-free week. Use this time and brainstorm with your family to come up with fun, physically active, and creative things to do together!

  •  Turn off the television during family meals
  • Take a family walk or bike ride after dinner
  • Invite friends over for game night
  • Plan a neighborhood fun run or walk
  • Organize a spring clean-up effort in your community
  • Visit a local park or museum
  • Read a story together
  • Prepare family meals together -- kids can help too!

Need some more ideas?  Check out these resources for more information about National Screen-Free Week April 30-May 6, 2012.   www.screenfree.org  and www.letsgo.org


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