Turn-off Week is coming soon: April 20-26, 2009
Every year Turn-off week is organized by the great people at Screentime.org
Screentime has organized numerous activities, and has developed kits to encourage participation:
– Barnes & Noble Events (thanks Barnes & Noble !)
– Screentime Forum (for more organizing news)
The great thing about going away on a Vacation is that it takes you away from the usual distractions and routines. Consider this week a vacation from the usual TV/internet/video games.
If you already watch little or no TV, then try giving up the internet for a week (that’s what I plan to do). Or if your habit is TV (and who doesn’t love TV) then get out your music CDs and buy or borrow some trashy novels and enjoy your week away from the regular routine.
For those with people with kids, this turn-off week could be a great opportunity to re-connect with your family (through games or walks), or your community (through a community game night). For more ideas, see Instead of TV.
Thanks to Screentime.org for fighting the good fight, and for coming up with this all around brilliant idea!
If you go to the websites for Sesame Street Workshop or PBS, the list of their corporate sponsorship is vast and extensive. As you can imagine, on the other hand, Screentime.org is not popular with the large corporations, so (if you are able) please donate today.
OMG, could it be that Nickelodeon also supports Turn-off ? According to this March 25, 2009 AP article:
Nickelodeon will ask kids to unplug their games and gadgets for a minute on Earth Day to symbolize a commitment to helping the environment.
The unplugged minute will come at nine o’clock in the evening on April 22, when many of Nick’s viewers should arguably be in bed. It doesn’t extend to television sets.
Nickelodeon has in the past urged its fans to turn off the TV and go out and play for three hours one day each year, and will likely do so again.
Nickelodeon is also honoring actor Leonardo DiCaprio with its first-ever “Big Green Help Award” this Saturday on its annual Kids’ Choice Awards.
I guess the 3 hours per year of TV turn-off was just too extreme. This year, Nickelodeon is now scaling it back to one minute of gadget only turn-off.
Maybe if the one minute thing is just too much, next year they can encourage their audience to briefly turn their head away, and look out the window.
This would be really funny, if it weren’t so very sad.