Category Archive: Blog

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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My Screen-Free Week by Josh Golin

I wasn’t able to meet my ambitious goal of no Internet at all during the week. In fact, I didn’t last very long thanks to a post at the Corporate Babysitter that I couldn’t help reading . . . or responding to. I quickly realized that using the Internet was so ingrained in my work that forgoing entirely […]

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Compulsory Screens—and Screen-Compulsions by Susan Linn

I broke my Screen-Free Week pledge within 60 minutes of waking up on the first day—by walking into the gym. After drifting into my usual exercise-induced trance, I startled awake to find myself reading a news crawl on one of the eight wall-mounted televisions, each tuned to a different station. That prepared me, however, for […]

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Dreaming of a Screen-Freer Future by Shara Drew

I not only survived, I thrived during Screen-Free Week. I can tell by my dreams. The last few nights of my screen freedom yielded some of the most spectacular dreams I’ve had in a long time. Friday night I was literally flying around town with an air-powered jet pack, sharing my environmentally-friendly transportation invention with […]

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101 Screen-Free Activities

National Screen-Free Week is April 18-24.  Here are 101 ideas for things to do during the week-long celebration.  Please comment to share your favorite screen-free activities! (Click here for a printable version — use it to cover up your TV!) At Home 1. Listen to the radio. 2. Write an article or story. 3. Paint a picture, a […]

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Colbert-Free Week by Shara Drew

Screen-Free Week starts in a few days, and I am mostly excited for the challenge. I’m a little anxious about leaving the Facebook world for seven whole days (I wasn’t even able to do that during a trip to the French Alps last fall), but I look forward to escaping status update overload and all […]

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How Hooked am I? Thoughts about My Own Screen-Free Week By Susan Linn

So my daughter-in-law stopped by the office yesterday to pick up a Screen-Free Week Organizer’s Kit. National Screen-Free Week, April 18-24, is hosted by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. She, her husband, and the two best little girls in the world—okay, in my world—are going to join in the celebration by giving up screens for a […]

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