I’ve written before about how important it is for moms to unplug and unwind at least for one day of the week. Or to put the phone down in the evening and focus on home, yourself, or your family. Now it’s time to talk about doing the same with your kids but in a slightly different manner. Kids aged 2-5 spend so much time on a screen, whether in their hands or on the TV. Preschoolers spend as much as 4.1 to 4.6 hours per day on a screen. Including multi-tasking, on average children 8 to 18 spend 7.5 hours per day with screens.
Imagine going about your day without the trappings of screen media: no phones, computers, tablets, televisions. Random House Children’s Books is doing something about this challenge. By asking parents to encourage our children to unplug and read during Screen Free Week April 29 – May 5. Unplugging for one week provides an opportunity to reset media habits, establishing a healthy, sustainable tradition of media consumption in households and schools. Unplugging gives children and families a chance to turn off the screen and turn on life.
Screen Free Week is the annual celebration from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) that encourages turning off screens and turning on life. CCFC’s Screen Free Week is a creative response to growing public health concerns about the unprecedented time children spend with entertainment screen media—television, computers, video games, and smart phones. The campaign is inspired by Dan Yaccarino’s Doug Unplugged about a robot who discovers that the real world trumps the virtual.
Thank you, Random House, for your commitment to supporting teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents in their efforts to encourage children to UNPLUG & READ during Screen Free Week from April 29 – May 5. As a mom of three kids that loves to read books and enjoys hours of no screen, this initiative is so important to me and I’m happy to support it.
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Giveaway ends May 5, 2013, 11:59 p.m. P.S.T. Winners will be picked at random and notified by email if they win. Open to U.S. residents only. I received some of these items to review. All opinions are my own.
FTC Disclosure: I am a book worm and I love to read with and without my children. I was not paid to write this post but received some products. All opinions are my own.