What is Screen-Free Week, you ask? From April 30-May6th, organizations and individuals all over the nation are going to celebrate all the things you can do besides sit in front of a screen. It is associated with the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), a non-profit organization based in Boston that advocates for children.
I’m trying to plan some fun activities to celebrate it. I mean, we’re pretty screen-free around here all the time these days (no telly, no trouble, right?), but there is that pesky little thing called a computer. I’m trying to decide whether to go Screen-Free Lite and still blog about being Screen-Free, or if I’ll go whole hog and not touch it. I’ll make my decision sometime in the next month.
What do you think our family should do for Screen-Free Week? Are you going to celebrate Screen-Free Week?
My ideas so far: Children’s Museum, gardening, playgrounds, baking, drawing, crafting, reading, playing instruments, running around outside.
I do find that the farther I get away from technology, the better I feel. I’m talking about myself right now; I have no high horse to sit on. Some people get really defensive about their own technology use when we happen across the topic of my blog. Let’s get this straight: I don’t care about what you do in your home. There. I said it. I really just write about not having television because my life probably isn’t interesting enough to write about otherwise. I think that screen time affects people differently, like caffeine. My husband can down three Red Bulls and go to sleep immediately afterward; that much caffeine would make my eyes pop out of my skull for at least a week. My husband can also watch TV or play video games for several hours without ill effect, but I get twitchy and feel depressed after watching too much. Bodies are different, people are different, situations are different. It works for us.
That being said, I don’t think that a week without screens could really hurt anyone…so who wants to try it with me?