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Screen-Free Week Brings Community Together in Round Hill, Virginia

When we think about Screen-Free Week, we tend to think of school and family celebrations. However, over the years, counties, towns, and neighborhoods have begun hosting Screen-Free Week celebrations of their own, whether to promote community wellness programming or to encourage residents to enjoy the outdoors; but as we’ve learned, the main purpose is bringing […]

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Screen-Free Week 2018 was bigger and better than ever!

What a week! From San Diego to Sydney, kids families and communities unplugged for Screen-Free Week 2018. And not only did they survive, they had a blast! Here’s what we’ve heard: Kids were more active They scaled rock climbing walls, jumped rope, wiggled on jungle gyms, hiked, danced, and got their feet wet at the […]

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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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Screen-Free Week 2017 Makes a Real Difference!

By all accounts Screen-Free Week 2017 was bigger and better for more children and families than ever! Screen-Free Week by the Numbers 141 Registered SFW celebrations around the nation (and countless more unregistered ones!) 72 Children and parents attended the family picnic at Mission Hill School in Boston 90 Students took the screen free pledge last week at […]

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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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Why Grammies love Screen-Free Week

By Lynne Noel, Jan Eby, Laurie Mobilio, and Cindy Summers, authors of The Grammie Guide Times have changed. Life is more serious for today’s children: they have learned about the impact of humans on the earth, food allergies, and the need for sunscreen and antibacterial soap. Supervised far more closely than in years past, they […]

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Screen-Free Restaurants are a Win-Win

By Sara Michelson Have you ever gone to a restaurant with your family in hopes of enjoying warm conversation over a delicious meal, only to be thwarted by the large, distracting television screens in the dining room? As the parent coordinator for The Waldorf School of Atlanta’s Parent Initiative for Media-Lite Living, I have felt […]

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