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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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Reading is a great way to celebrate Screen-Free Week!

Reading is one of our favorite screen-free activities any time of year, so we’re very excited that in 2017, Children’s Book Week is the same week as Screen-Free Week! An annual celebration of books and reading, Children’s Book Week holds events in bookstores, libraries, and communities, connecting children with their favorite authors and illustrators in […]

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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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Screen-Free Week 2016 at Yokayo Elementary School

We love hearing your Screen-Free Week stories! Thanks to Mr. Olson’s 4th and 5th graders at Yokayo Elementary for sharing their stories with us in this great video!

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You’re doing WHAAAAT?

By Julie Williams, Ed. Sp., Grand Blanc West Middle School, Michigan It was an unusual week for some 8th graders in Julie Williams’ class at Grand Blanc West Middle School in Michigan. They started the week prior to May 2 by logging their activities for seven days. Most people noticed what a large part technology […]

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Screen-Free Week 2016 recap

From May 2-8, thousands of people across the United States and 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 Maine to California, and everywhere in between, organizers planned amazing screen-free events and activities. There was Photography […]

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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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