The merry month of May, part 2

Another way to show appreciation for teachers is to participate in Screen Free Week, an event sponsored by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) that starts today.

PAA supports this event for many reasons, but first and foremost because we hope to help raise awareness of the misuse and overuse of computer-based programs and testing and the excessive screen time our children are being exposed to in our schools.

How do we support teachers when we challenge the take-over of “digital learning?” Because it means we are standing up for real personalized learning – the learning that is done when adult persons interact with students. The push for online and digital learning is simply the next corporate “reform” strategy to get rid of teachers.

Parents Across America is strongly opposed to the push by corporate interests to increase student screen time, expand the use of digital devices with pre-packaged lessons, and continuously test students, data-mining the results. We are preparing a set of fact sheets for parents on these issues which we hope to complete and share soon.

Meanwhile, please join in this important national event by participating in some of these activities suggested by CCFC :

Screen-Free Week starts Monday, May 2nd! Join children, families, and communities around the world, and swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. In this email, you’ll find last minute tips, social media sign-offs, and the chance to share your screen-free stories—and win a great prize!

Last Minute Tips: 

  1. Have some screen-free activities planned for early in the week to help kids and grownups transition off screen-based entertainment. Looking for things to do with your own family? Check out 101 screen-free activities. Looking for things to do with your wider community? Read about some of the great Screen-Free Week events taking place around the country.
  2. Don’t overschedule! As the week goes on, leave some time for unstructured play, daydreaming, and exploration. You may be amazed at what your kids come up with after a few days off screens.
  3. Anticipate your hardest times. When do you rely on screens most to occupy your kids or yourself? Do your kids play videogames while you make dinner? Try involving them in dinner prep. Got a before-bedtime Twitter habit? Screen-Free Week is a great time to start one of those books you’ve been meaning to read. For more practical ideas, check out 7 Parent-Tested Tips to Unplug and Play – it’s a great resource for SFW and beyond.

Capture the week…and win a great prize!

We want to know how you celebrated, so don’t forget to take photos at your events. We also love getting written reports and drawings: send your poems, paintings, vignettes, short stories, sculptures, or anything else to, and we’ll share our favorites on social media. Plus, everyone who sends something in will be entered into a drawing to win one of ten TV-B-Gones, our favorite toy for turning off TVs on the sly! 

Spread the word and sign off:

Social media is a great way to spread the word about Screen-Free Week (before Monday, of course). If you’re on Facebook, like our page, share what you have planned for the week, and invite your friends to do the same. And if you’re on Twitter, click here to tweet that you’ll be celebrating #ScreenFreeWk May 2-8.

On Sunday night, let everyone in your networks know you’re going screen-free and encourage them to join the fun. Use these images on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media profiles and tell the world: “I’m going Screen-Free!” (Click the images for their full-size versions.)

“I’m unplugged” Profile photo “I’m unplugged” Facebook Cover Photo “I’m unplugged” tweetable image

We encourage you to tell everyone WHY you’re going screen-free: do you want to play more? Be more mindful? Disconnect from work more often? But if that’s not your style, here’s some simple language you can use to encourage others to join in.

Suggested Facebook status: “I’m signing off to celebrate Screen-Free Week May 2 -8! Join the fun – just unplug!”

Suggested Tweet: “Signing off to celebrate #ScreenFreeWk w/ @CommercialFree May 2-8. Join the fun: just unplug!”

Happy unplugging!
The SFW team at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

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