The EFLS is proud to bring Power Off Week to Little Silver: May 1-5!

PledgeCardBackIn conjunction with National Screen Free Week, the EFLS is once again hosting Power Off Week: a week dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of turning your family’s devices off and taking more time to connect socially. We all know the enormous educational benefits of technology and the power of putting learning devices in the hands of our children. At the same time, there is still tremendous value in ‘connecting’ socially without devices and revisiting some of the activities we all engaged with as children – the same activities that helped us get to know our families and friends better and created lasting memories.

As ScreenFree.org notes: “… children, families, and communities around the world will rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. Unplug from digital entertainment and spend your free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends.”

Will You Take the Pledge?*

PledgeCardFront On Friday, April 28th, students at both Little Silver schools will be sent home with a Power Off Week Pledge Card. This is not just for your children. YOU are invited to participate too. Think of all the fun you will have making puzzles, playing board games, shooting hoops, going for a walk or a bike ride, visiting the beach. . . the possibilities are endless. Check out the back of the card for more ideas. We encourage families to plan out their week of screen-free activities to help them stick to their pledge.

At Point Road School, the classes will also participate in a fun week-long challenge to see which class’ students can log the most screen-free activities. There will be posters in each class room where a tally of activities will be tracked daily, and each child will receive six tally cards so they can log the fun they’re having away from their devices and spending more social time with their families. The class with the most logged screen-free activities will win a pizza party.

 

We will also celebrate the Power Off week this year with a number of “screen-free” events throughout the week…playdates, yoga, volleyball, a dance party and more!  Download the schedule in its entirety here:  PowerOff-Schedule-2017

Please note that device use for school and work activities is not included in this Power Off pledge.

Want to learn more

Below are a few articles that support the value committing to more Screen Free time for our children AND our families and we encourage you to visit screenfree.org.

Read some great tips for reducing screen time.

“The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter.”
An interview with author, Susan Pinker.

Teens are spending more time consuming media, on mobile devices:  Today’s teens spend more than 71 / 2 hours a day consuming media — watching TV, listening to music, surfing the Web, social networking, and playing video games, according to a 2010 study of 8- to 18-year-olds conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Help Us Make Power Off Week Better!

Want to get involved? Have ideas on how to make next year’s Power Off week even more POWERful? Want to give us feedback on this year’s Power Off Week? Please Contact Us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Download the handout here: PowerOff-handout-2017

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