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F280, Revised February 2016

National Screen-Free Week Flier (Play More, Watch Less)

National Screen-Free Week, May 2–8, 2016

Did you know?

Average U.S. home has 3 TVs; 56 percent have 3 or more.

59 percent of U.S. homes with TV have digital cable.

90 percent of U.S. homes with TV also have a computer with Internet access.

Approximate hours of TV watched per week:

  • 39 by women over age 18
  • 35 by men over age 18
  • 24 by youth ages 12 to 17
  • 26 by children ages 2 to 11

Reducing TV time can help prevent excess weight and obesity.

For children under age 3, screen time is linked with sleep problems.

UnchainSara Gable
Human Development Extension State Specialist

National Screen-Free Week is an annual celebration of the magic of being unplugged. During this week, parents, children, teachers and others across the country turn off screen media — including TVs, video games, computers, tablets, e-readers, cellphones and smartphones — and get in touch with being unplugged.

Use this time to take a look at your family’s screen-use habits. How many hours are spent using a screen compared to doing other activities? Here are some ways to change these habits:

Screen-Free Week is a program of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood,

Instead of sitting in front of a screen...




Balloons6 to 12 years

Under 6 years

What parents can do

  • Create toy boxes that can be rotated by day or week (adds an element of surprise).
  • Make available plain paper, old magazines, safe scissors, markers or crayons, and tape.
  • Keep a dress-up basket full of clothing and safe accessories.
  • Put a long line of masking tape on the floor to use as a balance beam.
  • Create an obstacle course in the yard.
  • Have lots of books available (board books and picture books). Visit your local library.
  • Provide puppets and encourage children to put on a puppet show.




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