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FYI, this is officially Screen-Free Week, April 29th to May 5th, 2013. Have you ever heard of this? In the year 1994 this idea became an event. Formerly called "TV Turnoff Week" and "Digital Detox Week" by TV-Free America who launched the event. By 2010, CCFC (Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood) took over and changed the name to what we know today.
So turn off the Television, computer screens, cell phones and electronic pads. This is a great event for schools, churches, organizations and families to establish far better social skills and host many more achievements. Time spent exploring the outdoors, reading a book, playing real sports outside, working on a hobby (Remember Hobbies?), help your neighbors, join a club, plant a garden, play a Board game (Remember those?) and start saving energy, going Green or reach a deeper shade of Green by doing things like change to more efficient light bulbs or start a compost. Best of all, observer Screen-Free Week and lower your electric bills while helping our environment. This is a great way to be Greener.
Also the best part of Screen-Free Week is the money and energy saved. Those game boxes use around TEN ($10.00) dollars a month in electricity just being plugged in and not even played with! That is $120.00 per year, per box. How many game boxes and cable boxes are plugged into your house? They all use stand-by power! We are wasting energy,
So give this a try, break out the old Board games (you know that you still have them - Don't Break The Ice, Don't Spill The Beans, Clue, The Game Of Life... but life isn't a game. So celebrate helping the environment and saving some money this week. Learning to balance technology with the old-fashioned ways to work and play will be great for you and your kids.
Bill Lauto, GTG