Screen-Free Week, May 1st -7th, is a chance to take a much needed break from the screen media dominating the lives of so many children. On average, preschool kids spend over 4 hours a day in front of screens. Older kids can easily spend 7 hours a day including multitasking. Over a year, that adds up to 114 full days of watching a screen for fun. That doesn’t include the time on the computer for homework or educational purposes.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the White House Task Force on Obesity, and others recommend no screen time for children under the age of 2, and less than 2 hours per day for older children. The CDC recommends kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The time kids spend watching TV, playing video games, surfing the web, is time they could be physically active. Too much screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with sleep and attention span.
During Screen-free week the Forest County Health Department and the Forest County CAN Coalition encourage you to limit screen time in your homes to 2 hours per day. Use this opportunity to reconnect with your children by reading, playing, creating, being more active, and enjoying family meals, spending more time with family and friends, exploring nature, visiting your library, attending a school or community event.
We would also like to encourage you to attend a community showing of the documentary Screenagers, sponsored by the Crandon Public Library and the School District of Crandon on May 4th at the Crandon High School at 7:00 p.m. The movie takes a look at the impact of screens and gives tips on how parents can raise happy, healthy and responsible teens in a digital world.
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Click here for Screen-Free activity ideas: 101 Scree-Free Activities