What is SFW

leeannsmithWHAT is Screen-Free Week?
Screen-Free Week is an annual, international celebration when schools, families, and community groups pledge to spend seven days without digital entertainment.* Instead of watching TV, surfing the web, or playing video games, they read, play, think, create, get physically active, and spend more time with friends and family.

*Screens are so important to modern life that sorting out what’s entertainment and what’s work or communication can be difficult. You absolutely don’t have to stop using your computer for work or school—but if screens of any kind are interfering with your family time (including meals), you may want to think carefully about how you’re using them.

WHY Celebrate?
Regardless of whether children are consuming “good” or “bad” programming, it’s clear that screen media dominates the lives of far too many kids, displacing all sorts of other activities that are integral to childhood. Excessive screen time is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, and attention problems. And it is primarily through screens that children are exposed to harmful marketing.

Screen-Free Week is a fun and innovative opportunity to reduce our dependence on entertainment screen media, including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices. It’s a chance for children—and adults—to rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen.

Anyone can participate by simply refraining from using screens for entertainment during the week of May 4-10, 2015. But experience tells us that it’s more fun – and much easier – to go screen-free with others. That’s why we hope you’ll become a SFW Organizer.

You can organize Screen-Free Week in a classroom or entire school, with a scout troop, faith community, neighborhood association, at your local library or with any community group. Organizers and volunteers promote the week, reach out to partners, and help children and families discover fun, screen-free activities. If you can’t organize a whole week, consider hosting a screen-free event!

HOW to Organize:
Organizing is fun and easy. And to make it even easier, we’ve created an Organizer’s Kit to walk you through the process; it includes all the suggestions, activities and handouts you’ll need. Click here to download your free Organizer’s Kit today and get started on your Screen-Free Week!


“We are losing focus on what kids should really be doing to develop themselves physically, socially and academically… technology can be a wonderful thing, however, we kids, the future of America, need to be careful that we allow technology to enhance our lives but not take over them.”

Luke Roth
8th grader, Cornwall, NY