Children Unplug for National Screen-Free Week April 29-May 5

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Contact: Josh Golin (617-896-9369; josh@commercialfreechildhood.org)

MEDIA ADVISORY

Screen-Free Week: April 29 - May 5, 2013
Children Around the Country to Turn Off Screens and Turn on Life!

What: It’s almost Screen-Free Week—the annual national celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off TV, video games, computers, and hand-held devices and turn on life. Instead of relying on screens for entertainment, they play, read, daydream, explore nature, and enjoy spending time with family and friends.  

When: April 29 - May 5, 2013

Why: Children spend far too much time with screens: an astonishing average of 32 hours a week for preschoolers and even more for older children. Time with screens is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, attention issues and other health and social problems.  

Where: Homes, schools, libraries, faith communities, municipalities, and businesses around the country. For a listing of Screen-Free Week activities, please see http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/621/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=698.

Who: Screen-Free Week is endorsed by dozens of organizations including the American Public Health Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Head Start Association, KaBOOM!, and the US Play Coalition. For a complete list of endorsers, see http://www.screenfree.org/endorsers.html.

Nationally recognized experts on children and media—as well as children, parents, and teachers participating in Screen-Free Week—will be available for interviews both prior to and during the week. 

For more information about Screen-Free Week, please visit http://www.screenfree.org

For a fact sheet on children and screen time, please visit http://www.screenfree.org/screentimefs.pdf.

Endorser quotes, images and other publicity materials can be found at http://www.screenfree.org/press.html.

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