Today marks the start of one of my favorite weeks of the year – Screen Free Week.Â This is a week when families are encouraged to get off the couch, turn off the TV, computer, and video games and do something different.Â Engage with each other, get active outside, try something new!Â Last year I pledged to remain screen free for the week and I (almost) made it.Â Read about my experiences here.
This year I am going to try it again – will you make the pledge with me?
Some thoughts via National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There program:
“The tolls of an indoor childhood include:
- Declining creativity, concentration, and social skills
- Doubling of the childhood obesity rate with an incremental $100 billion annual cost to our public health system
- Alarming increase in prescribed antidepressants for American children over the past 10 years
Outdoor play offers physical, emotional and health benefits:
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 60 minutes of daily unstructured free play to improve children’s physical and mental health
- National Association for the Education of Young Children cites that play is an active form of learning that unites the mind, body, and spirit
- Children who play outside are more physically active, more creative, less aggressive, and show better concentration”
Want more information about the Be Out There program, or want to sign a pledge? Check them out here:And check back here throughout the week for ideas of new, fun things to do with your family while you spend the week screen free!
Photo by: Sha3teely