Spread the Word

Whether you blog, reach out to your local paper, or post to your Facebook page, make sure to let people know you’re going screen-free. You’ll inspire others, start important conversations, and shine a much-needed spotlight on the importance of carving out screen-free time for children. Here are a few sample posts and tweets, and a sample press release to help you get started.

Sample Facebook posts

I’m unplugging May 1-7 for @Screen-Free Week, the annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. What would you and your family do with an extra 20, 30, or even 50 hours a week? Please visit www.screenfree.org to learn how to get involved and join in the fun!

I’m unplugging May 1-7 for @Screen-Free Week, the annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. @Screen-Free Week is a springboard for lifestyle changes to improve health and well-being all year round! Please visit www.screenfree.org to learn how you can get involved and join in the fun.

Sample tweets

I’m unplugging for #ScreenFreeWeek. On May 1st – 7th, turn off screens and turn on life! http://www.screenfree.org

We’re going screen-free w/ @CommercialFree May 1st – 7th. You can too! Here’s how: http://www.screenfree.org #ScreenFreeWeek

What would your kids do w/ an extra 20, 30 or even 50 hours a week? Celebrate #ScreenFreeWeek May 1st – 7th!  http://www.screenfree.org

Kids 8-18 spend more time w/ screens than any activity but sleeping. Celebrate #ScreenFreeWeek May 1st – 7th! http://www.screenfree.org

Rediscover the joys of life beyond screens. Celebrate #ScreenFreeWeek May 1st – 7th! http://www.screenfree.org

Sample press release

The best way to spread the word about your Screen-Free Week is to draft a press release and send it to local media outlets and blogs. News stories are most likely to run on Monday or Tuesday of the week, so you’ll want to make sure to draft and distribute your press release well in advance. Here’s a sample press release to get you started. For more tips on promotion and publicity please download our Organizer’s Kit.

Insert Today’s Date

Contact: (Your name, phone # and email)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Name of your school, organization, etc.) Going Screen-Free (Dates)!

Millions Will Participate in Annual Turnoff

(NAME OF YOUR SCHOOL, ORGANIZATION, ETC.) will join thousands of schools, libraries, and community groups nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles for seven days and turn on the world around them. Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and to spend more time with friends and family.

“Screen-Free Week is a much needed respite from the screen media dominating the lives of so many children” said (INSERT YOUR NAME). “Now, more than ever, it’s imperative that we help children discover the joys of life beyond screens.”

On average, preschool children spend over four and a half hours a day consuming screen media, while older children spend over seven hours a day including multitasking. Excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with attention span.

Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is coordinated by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a national advocacy organization devoted to reducing the impact of commercialism on children. Since the Week’s founding in 1994, it has been celebrated by millions of children and their families worldwide. For more information, visit www.screenfree.org.