Celebrate screen-free week with

Concord promise and The toy shop OF concord

WHAT is Screen-Free Week?
Screen-Free Week is an annual, international celebration when families, schools, and communities swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. Instead of watching TV, surfing the web, or playing with apps and video games, they read, play, think, create, get active, and spend more time with family and friends.

Remember, Screen-Free Week is about taking a break from digital entertainment. You can celebrate, and still use devices for work or school. But if screens of any kind interfere with family time (including meals), you may want to rethink how and when you’re using them.

WHY Celebrate?
Regardless of whether children are consuming “good” or “bad” programming, it’s clear that digital entertainment dominates the lives of far too many kids, displacing all sorts of other activities that are integral to childhood. Excessive screen time is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, and attention problems. And it is primarily through screens that children are exposed to harmful marketing.

Screen-Free Week is a fun way to rethink our dependence on digital entertainment, including television, video games, smartphones, tablets, and computers. It’s a chance for children — and adults — to power down and reconnect with the world around them. And it encourages families to reconsider the role of digital entertainment in the year that follows (for example, some families become inspired to go screen-free at meals or in the hour before bedtime, or to spend part or all of their weekends screen-free).

WHO and WHERE?
Anyone can participate by simply refraining from using digital entertainment during Screen-Free Week. But experience tells us that it’s more fun – and much easier – to go screen-free with others. That’s why Concord Promise has organized an incentive for kids to go screen-free! Each and every child who goes screen-free for the entire week, will receive a $5 gift certificate to the Concord Toy Store. Click here to download the Screen-free week form. Not sure how to fill your time? Need some screen-free activity ideas? Click here: 101 Screen-Free Activities.