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Screen-Free Week 2013 a Success

On April 29-May 5, people around the country celebrated Screen-Free Week. Children, families, schools, libraries, church groups, community centers, bookstores (and many more!) joined in the fun. Here are some of the highlights: Screen-Free Week Everywhere! Going screen-free is most fun when we do it together. That’s why thousands of volunteers signed up to be […]

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Your Favorite Screen-Free Week Moments

We asked Screen-Free Week 2013 participants for their favorite moments and insights. Here are some of our favorite responses. Add your favorite moment in the comments section! “I saw my 9-year-old daughter laying on the floor, just day dreaming. I immediately thought, ‘Oh no, she is bored, maybe she could’…then I stopped myself and just […]

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Who Needs Screens: 70 Ideas for Family Fun!

Worried about how to pass the time without TV, computers, or video games? Never fear! We have compiled a list of fun and creative ideas for screen-free fun all year-round. Turn off screens, turn on life and enjoy learning and creating with your family. Outdoor Activities Go on a bug hunt. Go for a hike. […]

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Give Me a (Screen) Break by Koa Halpern

Hi, I’m Koa Halpern. I am 15 years old, and I started my own nonprofit when I was 10. My nonprofit is called Fast Food Free, and its goal is to get people to eat less fast food through education and community awareness, which results in healthier people and a better world. In the United […]

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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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