Hillcrest Elementary School 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. 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 the 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.