Category Archive: Blog

No TV by Sara Hamilton

I don’t have a TV. There. I said it. I can picture your face, blank stare, uncomprehending.  I’ve seen it hundreds of times. And then I have to launch into explanations. No, no television anywhere in my house. No, I’m not Amish. No, my parents aren’t hippies or Quakers or Nazis. Yes, I know what […]

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Going Screen-Free at Home: It’s Not as Hard as You Think by Edna Rienzi

I don’t usually admit this to people, but my kids don’t watch much television. I tend to keep this fact about my family quiet because I’ve found that people generally react in one of two ways: 1) they get defensive and feel the need to justify their TV choices to me, or 2) they completely […]

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Screen-Free Week Spotlight: Chester Elementary, CT

Wendy Fiore is a language arts consultant at a Connecticut elementary school and a veteran Screen-Free Week organizer. We asked her about her experience planning over the years. How long has Chester Elementary been doing SFW? How has the school been able to keep it going for so many years? I am the Language Arts […]

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Screen-Free Week Spotlight: Phoenix Books, Essex, Vermont

Phoenix Books in Essex Vermont has a wonderful lineup of events planned to celebrate Screen-Free Week. We asked the organizers to share their wisdom. Why did Phoenix Books decide to coordinate events for Screen-Free Week? It seemed like a natural choice for a book store!  Screen-based media have so much potential – and we do […]

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Screen-Free Week Spotlight: Spring Garden Township

Christine Kaufman is a first-time Screen-Free Week Organizer. We asked her about her experience planning a Screen-Free Week in Spring Garden Township, Pennsylvania. How will Screen-Free Week be celebrated in Spring Garden? Spring Garden will be working with local businesses to provide an activity each night for the kids to participate in. This flyer lists […]

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Family Goes Screen-Free and Stays Screen-Free!

Last spring, as part of a discussion series at my daughters’ school, I went to a forum on screen time.  It turned out to be centered on the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s Screen-Free Week, which I’d never heard of.  I decided to accept the challenge on behalf of my family. We were fairly screen-lite […]

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My Failed Screen-Free Week by Shara Drew

I failed miserably at Screen-Free Week. Alright, maybe not miserably. Here is the context: my husband Neal and I are home caring for our very new baby, Wes. He is our first child and the love of our lives, and he consumes just about every moment and every ounce of energy we have (just as […]

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Confessions of a Screen Addict About to Go Cold Turkey (almost) in Anticipation of Screen-Free Week: April 30-May 6

The truth: There I was, Director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, champion of limiting children’s screen time, playing Angry Birds on the subway. The justification: There I was, Director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, champion of limiting children’s screen time, after a stressful day trying to change a world that wasn’t cooperating, unable […]

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Screen-Free At Last! by Josh Golin

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: I am so looking forward to Screen-Free Week. When CCFC began hosting Screen-Free Week, I didn’t think about it in personal terms.  After all, my daughter (now 3.5) is screen-free. And me? I barely watch TV.  Sure, I’m on the computer a lot.  But for good reasons.  […]

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Celebrate Screen-Free Week April 30 – May 6

“It’s amazing how much free time you have when you’re not in front of a screen…I never realized how much fun I missed by using screens instead of playing outside.” – Mackenzie Rothfuss, 7th grader, Bay City, Michigan Screen-Free Week is rapidly approaching and it’s going to be the best ever!  And for the very […]

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