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Screen Free Week 2024

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Image Credit: Jens Kreuter

1st - 7th May 2023

Do you ever feel that screen time is running the lives of you and your children?  Do you arrange your evening around a favourite soap or just despair at the amount of time that your kids spend playing computer games or scrolling on their phones?

Have you ever felt left out because everyone else’s conversation consists solely of what was on TV last night and you didn’t watch? You are not alone.

The concept of a week away from your screen started in the US in 1994 as TV Turn-off Week.  For a short time it was known as Digital Detox Week before becoming Screen-Free Week in 2010. It is an opportunity to try not watching TV or to stop scrolling mindlessly on your phone for a week and see what other interesting things you could be doing instead.

Screen-Free Week is held during the first week in May each year. It is now organised by Fairplay, which was previously known as Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC). They have a huge library of resources on how to have your own Screen-Free Week, with reading suggestions for all ages and free printables.

Of course it is getting harder to keep kids away from screens; so much of our children’s homework these involves online tests, research and many teens now write all their schoolwork on a lap-top.

So many adults too, use a computor or digital terminal as part of their work.

A totally screen-free week may be impossible for kids with assignments to hand in, but we can try to reduce our kid’s constant exposure to screens.

Screen-Free Week Tips and Ideas

If you want to decrease the amount of screen time that you and your children are having, whether you want to get your children to watch less TV, spend less time gaming and or put their phones away during family time, here are some ideas to help and inspire you.

If you are worried about the amount of time your children are spending using screens, here are the current screen time guidelines for babies, toddlers, kids and teens.

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