Celebrate Screen-Free Week for your family's health -- and for a fun prize!
Do your kids spend more time in front of screens -- TV, computers, iPads, etc. -- than youâ€™d like them to? Hereâ€™s your chance to change that! April 30th through May 6th is Screen-Free Week!
Can you get YOUR kids to turn off the screens for one full week? Try it and you could win!
Starting April 30th, keep the screens off, and come back here every day to tell us what your kids are doing instead. There are lots of great activities to substitute for screen time, from puzzles, to library visits, to writing letters, to participating in a community clean-up, and much more.
5 moms who participate in the challenge all week will each win a CafeMom frisbee! The more times you update us on your kidsâ€™ screen-free activities, the better your chances of winning! Check in often to tell us how your family is handling the challenge!
Not sure if this challenge is for you? Check out some interesting statistics from CommericalFreeChildhood.org:
- Children ages 8 -18 spend average of 4 Â˝ hours per day watching television, 1 Â˝ hours using computers, and more than an hour playing video games.
- Children with 2 or more hours of daily screen time are more likely to have increased psychological difficulties, including hyperactivity, emotional and conduct problems, as well as difficulties with peers.
- Direct exposure to TV and overall household viewing are associated with increased early childhood aggression.
And good news:
- Television viewing at a young age is associated with later behavioral problems, but not if heavy viewing is discontinued before age 6.
- Limiting exposure to television during the first 4 years of life may decrease childrenâ€™s interest in it in later years.
Have fun and enjoy the quality time with your kiddos!
The "Screen-Free Week" Sweepstakes starts on April 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm (ET) and ends on May 6, 2012 at 11:59pm (ET) (the "Sweepstakes Period").
Enter by replying to this post with the screen-free things your kids are doing during the Sweepstakes Period. Multiple
entries are permitted and encouraged, as it increases your chances of
Five (5) winners will be selected in a random drawing of all eligible
entries to receive a CafeMom frisbee. The
random drawing shall occur on or about May 8, 2012.
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