Turn off screens and LIVE life.
I’ve become a little too connected in recent years. I became an e-mail addict freshman year of college. I got a cell phone right after September 11th. An iTouch came into my life in 2008, followed by an iPhone in late 2011. Recently, I added an iPad to the mix. That’s a lot of technology! As a result, I put limits on my technology use:
- I don’t check my smart phone at the table.
- I turn on the “Do Not Disturb” feature on my iPhone from 9:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
- I don’t use my laptop in front of my daughter, which means I have to work when she’s sleeping or when someone else can care for her.
- I refrain from Twitter during Shabbat and major Jewish holidays.
- I don’t text since I find it cumbersome to have yet another thing to check (even though it makes me the butt of jokes since I might be one of the only people in their mid-30’s who doesn’t text!).
Screen-Free Week goes from Monday, April 29th – Sunday, May 5th. While it might seem drastic and unfeasible to completely unplug, think about what steps you can take to be less connected next week (i.e., to just use the computer for work-related purposes). Turn-off the TV to read or write. Step away from the computer and get outdoors. Power-down your tablet and draw. The possibilities are endless!
- Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood‘s Landing Page about Screen-Free Week
- Find a Screen-Free Week Event Near You
- Lesson Ideas for Screen-Free Week
- Links to news articles (many of which deal with reducing media consumption)
- Random House Kids Unplugs
- Take the Screen-Free Pledge.