April 2012

A Screen-Free Week Sampler; 101 Screen-Free Activities; Signing Off Social Media; CCFC’s Guide to Screen-Free Showers; Screen-Free Week is Big News; CCFC is Going Screen-Free

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From April 30 - May 6, children and their families, schools, and communities will turn off screens . . . and turn on life. In this specual edition of CCFC News, you’ll find:

  • A Screen-Free Week Sampler
  • 101 Screen-Free Activities
  • Signing Off Social Media
  • CCFC’s Guide to Screen-Free Showers
  • Screen-Free Week is Big News
  • CCFC is Going Screen-Free

A Screen-Free Week Sampler

One of our favorite things about Screen-Free Week is learning about all the creative ways that families, schools, and communities unplug. Here are just a few of the hundreds of activitiesplanned by Screen-Free Week organizers:

  • Read Boston has asked 4,000 students in 12 partner schools to take the screen-free pledge! Children who return their tracking logs after break will receive a prize pack with items that promote fun (and learning) without screens.
  • Screen-Free Kansas City and the Early Years Institute in Long Island have both partnered with local businesses to offer discounted and free fun activities every day of Screen-Free Week!
  • Unplug and Play in Bozeman, Montana has organized daily events including free admission to the Museum of the Rockies, a Bike Rodeo, and Family Science Night at the Children’s Museum. Portland (Oregon) Parks and Recreation and Kaiser Permanente are offering activities including a tea party for young children, Family Game Night, and Messy Art!
  • St. John Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND is offering a Screen-Free Fellowship with games, nature activities, invigorating conversations . . . and ice cream!
  • The children’s department at the North Tonawanda (New York) Library is hosting events every evening including a Scavenger Hunt, a Craft Night, and Plant a Seed for Spring.
  • First Five Inyo County in Bishop, California is celebrating life outside the box. Families who send a picture of their child 5 or younger doing a screen-free activity win a free toy or game from their treasure chest! The Inland Preschool in Calimesa, CA is hosting a Screen-Free Week Trike-a-Thon.
  • Oakland Steiner School in Rochester Hills, Michigan is hosting Screen-Free activities all week including a Scavenger Hunt, Table Talk Dinner Game, Play with a Box Day, and a May Day celebration! The Francis Parker Afterschool Program in Chicago is asking parents and teachers to sponsor a student for charity; the longer the student goes screen-free, the more money raised!

To find a Screen-Free Week event at a school, library, business or community center near you, visithttp://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/621/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=660. And to list your own event—or tell the world you’re going screen-free, please visit http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/621/p/salsa/event/common/public/create.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=660.

101 Screen-Free Activities

Not sure what to do during Screen-Free Week? Here are 101 ideas for screen-free fun.

At Home 

  1. Listen to the radio.
  2. Write an article or story.
  3. Paint a picture, a mural, or a room.
  4. Write to the President, your Representative, or your Senators.
  5. Read a book. Read to someone else.
  6. Learn to change the oil or tire on a car. Fix something.
  7. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  8. Make cookies, bread, or jam and share with a neighbor.

Continue reading at http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/screenfreeweek/101screenfreeactivities.pdf. Print out our list of activities and cover up the TV!

The Screen-Free Guide to Showers for Harried Parents of Infants and Toddlers

“But how can I take a shower?” comes up a lot in conversations about discouraging screen time for infants and toddlers. So we put out the word and got back some fabulous suggestions from busy parents. When you need to get clean, you don’t need a screen; try these ideas instead: http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/showerguide.htm.

Signing Off Social Media

Let your online friends know why you’re not available—and urge them to join the offline fun!

If you’re on Facebook:

  1. Change your profile pic to the Screen-Free Week logo on the right.
  2. Change your status to: Signing off to celebrate Screen-Free Week April 30-May 6! I’m turning off screens for 7 days and turning on LIFE! Join the fun.

If you’re on Twitter, tweet the following: Signing off to celebrate #ScreenFreeWk w/ Campaign for a @CommercialFree Childhood April 30-May 6. Join the fun!

Screen-Free Week is Big News!

Here are a few of our favorite news articles, blogs and posts:

We’re Going Screen-Free Too!

In the CCFC blog, Susan Linn and Josh Golin confess they’re hooked on screens—and share their hopes for, and anxieties about, the week.