Screen Free Week 2015 is May 4th – 10th. I will wrap-up my odds & ends, set an auto-responder on my email account, update my Facebook profile image, and pre-schedule blog posts in order to participate. Will your family join us?
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Growing up, my neighbor had a Blow Up Your TV bumper sticker. As a child, I never understood it. This phrase later showed up on a No TV Week flyer my co-worker Jason Dean shared with me in 2005. We’ve been celebrating this amazing week ever since, but slowly it progressed from No TV Week to Screen-Free Week for obvious reasons.
What are the rules? Jason and I had a discussion last month, what does Screen-Free Week mean in now? Can he listen to Pandora? Does it mean no mindless surfing or social networking? Can he work on his novel on his laptop or do we have to fully unplug?
Do you want to participate? Here are the official rules:
Make it work for you. Participate for a week or participate for a day. Participate with just your TV or include all screens. Shut down all your social networks, or just vow to call friends instead of seeing what they are up to on Facebook. Make your own rules.
Here are our family’s set of rules for the week:
- No TV all week, even after the kids are in bed
- Instead of our Weekly Movie Night we will be doing Family Game Night
- Computer and internet use is acceptable at work & school
- I am not allowed to play on my social networks, but I am able to take 15 minutes each morning to share my pre-scheduled blog posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest
- Shad is not allowed to play WordFued, but he is allowed 15 minutes of web access to check stats and make fantasy baseball trades
- The girls are allowed to yell at me if they see me using my iPhone for anything beyond making a phone call
Will you join us for a day or for the week? Can you break free?