Written by PTC | Published May 2, 2022
This week, May 2-8 is “Screen-Free Week.” Will you join with us, our friends at Fairplay, and tens of thousands of other families and take the pledge to take a break from screens and devices for one week?
Why Go Screen-Free
If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that our young people, teens especially, are in crisis. From 2019 to 2021, the number of teens who report persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness has risen from 26% to 44%. More than one in four girls reported they had seriously contemplated suicide during the pandemic. Across the country, there have been dramatic increases in ER visits for mental health emergencies, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Public health officials haven’t identified the cause, but I firmly believe -- with every fiber of my being – that the media culture bears a large part of the blame. That includes both scripted entertainment with programs like Euphoria, and 13 Reasons Why and social media.
But if that weren’t reason enough, consider:
Here's What You and Your Family Can Do Instead
Cook dinner together Discover a new hobby Visit a nursing home
Take a hike Make something new! Game Night
Family read-aloud Volunteer together Plant a garden
Be a tourist in your own town Look for service opportunities
Family bike ride Get to know your neighbors
You will be amazed at the transformative power of a one-week break from screens on your family.
This is a great opportunity to reconnect with one another, to grow closer as a family, to get to know each other better, and to find purpose and meaning in a life shared together.
Do it. And report back to me what changes you saw in your family after one week without screens.