Screen-Free Week: May 5 -11, 2014

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Friday, May 2, 2014

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

MEDIA ADVISORY

Screen-Free Week: May 5 -11, 2014
Children around the World to Turn Off Screens and Turn on Life!

What: It’s almost Screen-Free Week—the annual international 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 digital entertainment, they play, read, daydream, explore nature, and reconnect with family and friends.

When: May 5-11, 2014

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. Regardless of whether children are consuming “good” or “bad” programming, screen media displaces many other activities that are integral to childhood. Time with screens is also linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, attention issues and other health and social problems.

Where: Homes, schools, libraries, faith communities, neighborhood associations, and businesses around the world. For a listing of Screen-Free Week activities, please see http://org.salsalabs.com/o/621/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=722.

Who: Dozens of organizations endorse Screen-Free Week, including the National Head Start Association, National WIC Association, KaBOOM!, the US Play Coalition, the Association of Children’s Museums, the National Black Child Development Institute, and the American Public Health Association. For a complete list of endorsers, see http://www.screenfree.org/endorsers/.

Nationally recognized experts on children and media—as well as children, parents, and teachers participating in Screen-Free Week—are available for interviews.

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/research-and-fact-sheets/.

Endorser quotes (http://www.screenfree.org/quotes-from-endorsers/) and images (http://www.screenfree.org/sfw-logos/) are also available.

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