Screen-Free Week

May 2, 2013

This is "Screen-Free Week."

Formerly known as "TV Turnoff," it's a national effort by children's advocates get kids away from video games, DVDs, computers and television. The week is hosted by the Boston-based Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood and promoted by hundreds of groups around the country. Some studies show preschoolers spend an average of 32 hours a week with screened entertainment. Lois Hall of the Ohio Public Health Association says she can see a link between too much screen time and the obesity epidemic.

Hall encourages parents to talk with others in their community and set screen-time limitations.

 Toni Riedel of the Early Years Institute suggests kids go outside and play.

Adults are also encouraged to swear off TV or DVDs this week, and only use a computer if it's required for work.