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Usually on Sundays, I review a movie that I feel others might find enjoyable.  But today, I’m devoting my post to informing you about Screen-Free Week.

From April 18 – April 24, thousands (or maybe hundreds of thousands) of families across the country will be pulling the plug of their TV sets and computers in honor of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s SCREEN-FREE WEEK.  Families can participate by turning off their TV’s and computers for entertainment and turning on to other activities.

What a fantastic idea!

Please don’t get me wrong…there definitely are some great programs on TV for adults and children…many of those can be found on your local PBS stations.

But no child should spend too much time in front of the television or computer screen, no matter how educational or valuable the show is.

How can your family benefit by taking part in this week-long event?

  • More family time together.  “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you need to be in their lives today.”  Sit down together and plan a family trip.  As a family, go through those photos that have been piling up and put together a family album.  Play board games or charades.
  • More time to go outside.  With the obesity rate climbing in this country, both adults and children will benefit from outdoor exercise such as walking, hiking or other outdoor activities.


  • More time for reading, crafting and cooking with your children.  If you need some ideas, please check out my book for parents of preschoolers which is an excellent resource.  It highlights 100 picture books every young child should hear and provides an eco-friendly craft project and a child-friendly healthful recipe for each recommended story.  And, if you have older children, how about having them participate by reading the story to their younger brothers and sisters and then assist with the craft and cooking activities.

For more information on this event and other family activities, you can go to the website of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood:

They have lots of other ideas of what you can do when you turn off your screens.

6 thoughts on “Cinema Sunday: PULL THE PLUG FOR CCFC’s SCREEN-FREE WEEK

  1. Pulling the plug on TV will be a breeze but not so on computers… It is a terrific idea to break from the passive TV glare as images and ideas whiz by our heads.
    Will you be observing the dates as planned?


    • I have to thank Nancy for giving me a heads-up about this…for me as well it will be no problem to turn off the TV…and I really don’t use the computer for “entertainment”…although many of the posts and comments I read are very entertaining. 🙂 But I”ll have to read and respond to emails and check on book sales, etc…I don’t think customers would appreciate having me be invisible for a week. 🙂


    • Thank you, Nancy, for letting me know about this event…quite a lot of organizations and school districts across the country are behind this. I went to their website and read the endorsements..quite impressive. 🙂


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