Author Archive: Melissa

An Entire Screen-Free Year – on a Boat!

Screen-Free Week is about disconnecting from entertainment screens for an entire week. But what if we were to ask children to disconnect for an entire year? Hadley, Finley, Tilly, and Scotia Crosby lived an extraordinary 11-month screen-free family odyssey on the seas that drew to an end in July 2017. The four sisters and their […]

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Why One Cape Cod School Goes Screen-Free

We asked for a guest blog from teachers and parents at Marguerite E. Small Elementary School in West Yarmouth, MA, after reading an article about their engaging and creative Screen-Free Week in 2017. Events and activities last year included a tour of the tidal flats at a wildlife sanctuary, a “bike rodeo,” free admission to […]

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Reset Your Family’s Media Thermostat

by Rinny Yourman We’ve been participating in Screen-Free Week as a family for years – for the first time, when our youngest was in preschool, and now this year, with our eldest a teenager. In past years, we’ve hiked, biked, and read books aloud. The kids always set the Screen-Free Week agenda. We hold a […]

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Screen-Free, even at school!

During Screen-Free Week, children and families are encouraged to unplug from entertainment screens. But what if children unplugged during the school day as well? From February 26-March 2, the students at Nikiski North Star Elementary School in Kenai, Alaska, did just that. The experience was reported in the Peninsula Clarion, and then picked up by […]

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Five Reasons Why Screen-Free Week is Essential for Kids and Families

By Melanie Hempe, RN Is your toddler sleeping with his iPad? Is your grade-schooler always playing with your phone? Is your middle-schooler staying inside to play Minecraft every day? Was your high school son up till 3am last night playing his video games? With no real limits and left to manage technology on their own, […]

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Screen-Free Week Events from 2016

Whether you’ve been participating in Screen-Free Week since it was known as TV Turnoff Week, or this is your first year, taking a break from TV, laptops, smartphones, and video games is easier–not to mention more fun–when you’re taking a break with others!  Going screen-free means more options than just reading a good book (though […]

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Who’s controlling your child’s narrative?

From better health to better learning to better connections with family and friends, there are so many reasons to celebrate Screen-Free Week. Here’s another: reducing kids’ screen time is the primary way that parents can safeguard children from corporate marketers.  Marketers want 24/7 access to our children so they can sell them things they don’t need. […]

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A Fourth Grader’s Perspective on Screen Time

by Mark N., 4th grade teacher and CCFC member This month, I had my students write what I called “Activist Poems”. We brainstormed a variety of social issues that affect both adults and children. The list had a variety of topics from smoking to terrorism to homelessness. My contribution to the list was screen-time. As […]

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Screen-Free Week 2015 was a success!

by Sara Adelmann On May 4-10, thousands of people around the world celebrated Screen-Free Week. Thanks so much to all the SFW organizers who rallied their families, schools, and communities to participate. Screen-Free Week Everywhere From Washington to Florida-and places in between, organizers dreamed up all sorts of fun events and activities. There were ukulele […]

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