Screen-Free Week – April 30 to May 6
The 2012 Screen-Free week is coming up – April 30 to May 6
Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood now has free organizing kits available for anyone interested in organizing Screen-Free activities (or who are just curious). Click here to go to their download page and the pdf will be emailed to you.
Later on, the CCFC will have a list of Screen-Free Week activities around the country, and you will be able to see what is going on in your community.
I read through their organizing pdf “Screen-Free Organizers’ Kit” and was very impressed with what they have put together. Which includes:
– Inspiring quotes from previous Screen-Free weeks (including an excellent quote from President Obama).
– Reproducible Fact sheets to give out when organizing (and during) your Screen-Free Week activities. Includes a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Fact Sheet.
– Tips on how to organize your Screen-Free activities “A little thoughtful planning before you jump into organizing will go a long way toward a great Screen-Free Week. Remember, you don’t have to do it—it’s easier and more fun to work with a team. In addition, over the years Screen-Free Week organizers have identified three essential components for a successful week: having fun, building partnerships, and making it last. If you keep these in mind, and build a strong organizing team, you’ve created a strong foundation for a fun and satisfying Screen-Free Week!”
– Link to their Facebook page where organizers can go to discuss and ask questions.
– Tips on publicizing your Screen-Free Week activities (includes samples).
– For Screen-Free week in the classroom, includes tips on encouraging students to participate in Screen-Free Week and also includes reproducible pledge cards to help encourage students to commit to going screen-free.
– 101 Screen-Free Activities. Plus numerous examples from previous Screen-Free weeks, such as:
“Sandi Araiza, of Longview, Texas, organized a community-wide Screen-Free Week. She recruited a local library, several businesses, three school districts, and a tae kwon do studio. The library hosted a pajama party with stations where people could learn to knit, do origami, or learn about quilt-making. College students led a sing-along, and the tae kwon do instructor got lots of kids involved.”
“At Nikiski Elementary School in Kenai, Alaska, teacher Margaret Jones celebrated the school’s first year doing Screen-Free Week by organizing a scavenger hunt, with prizes for the winners.”
– A reproducible “Certificate of Achievement” for those who have “successfully completed Screen-Free Week”
– Tips on rounding out the week, by having a celebration!
– Tips for reducing screen-time in your family, school and community.
– Tips on living a low screen-time lifestyle (tip sheet is reproducible).
– Screen-Free Week questionnaire. Questions on how your Screen-Free Week went, what worked and what didn’t and what CCFC can do better to support Screen-Free Week volunteers.
– Suggested Reading List, list of suggested books.
This is really an excellent kit – and completely free. So even if you don’t intend to organize any Screen-Free Week activities, it is still well worth reading and the reproducible Fact Sheets are very handy for giving out to friends and family.