May's Screen-Free Week Finds Alternatives to Digital Entertainment

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 25, 2015
References: screenfree.org
Television, computers and mobile devices are great tools for child entertainment and education, but Screen-Free Week aims to bring awareness to the fact that the same can be said for nature and low-tech activities.

As an annual event that's held in May, families, schools and entire communities are invited to unplug in order to get more active and spend more time interacting face-to-face with others. Anyone can join the week-long challenge, and the process is made easy through Screen-Free Week with a free-to-download Organizer's Kit.

Although digital entertainment and education certainly has its benefits in moderation, studies have shown that excessive screen time leads to poor performance in school, child obesity and attention problems. As such, this year's event was endorsed by a number of schools, health associations, toy retailers, hospitals and parenting programs.