Recently the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood urged families to observe Screen-Free Week, a time to take a sabbatical from using all screen media — TV, Internet, movies, texting, and so forth. If your family missed this opportunity, don’t despair — it’s really intended to be a springboard for important lifestyle changes that will improve well-being and quality of life all year round. If you are interested in reducing screen time all year, you may find these resources and handouts helpful:
- 10 Steps to Screen-Proofing Our Homes — From rearranging the furniture to setting limits, simple steps you can take to make your home less screen-centric.
- Family Meals: Let’s Bring Them Back — Why screen-free meals are so important.
- Working With Your School To Reduce Screen Time — What schools can do, from turning off Channel One to making reducing screen time a wellness priority.
- The Ultimate Screen-Free Challenge — A successful year-long screen time reduction program from the South Orange/Maplewood, N.J. school district.
- The Green Hour — Tips and activities from the National Wildlife Federation for a daily dose of unstructured play and discovery in the outdoors.
- The Screen-Free Guide to Showers for Harried Parents of Infants and Toddlers — Tips from busy parents on getting clean without a screen!