“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 first time, our Screen-Free Week Organizer's Kit—which includes everything you need to plan a fun-filled week—is absolutely free! Not only does the 68-page guide walk you through the organizing process, it’s also packed with fact sheets, great suggestions for screen-free activities, pledge cards and other handouts. Click here to download yours today!
Anyone can be a Screen-Free Week organizer for any kind of group—from families, to schools, to places of worship, libraries, and whole communities. Since 1996, when it was called “TV-Turnoff,” tens of thousands of parents, teachers, healthcare professionals, scout leaders and clergy have helped millions of children turn off screens and turn on life by organizing local Screen-Free Weeks.
We know that children are spending way too much time with screens—a staggering 32 hours a week for preschoolers and even more for older kids. The costs of excessive screen time are enormous—poor school performance, childhood obesity, and problems with attention are just a few.
Screen-Free Week is a fun and innovative way to improve children’s well-being by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media, including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices. It’s a time for children to play outside, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time having fun with family and friends. And, of course, Screen-Free Week isn’t just about snubbing screens for seven days; it’s a springboard for important lifestyle changes that will improve well-being and quality of life all year round.