Celebrate Screen-Free Week!

screen free logoJoin Nevada County Public Health, University of California CalFresh, Sierra Harvest, Bear Yuba Land Trust, NEO and the Nevada County Library in celebrating Screen-Free Week, a national event that supports unplugging from digital entertainment and spending more time playing, reading, creating and connecting with friends and family. We encourage you to try screen free time throughout the year! 

This year's Screen-Free Week is April 29th through May 5th, 2019! Plan ahead for your screen-free week by downloading all the info ahead of time! 

EDUCATE: Learn some facts on screen time's effects to inspire your efforts. Look over the Screen-Free week Family Guide in English or Spanish and get your creative juices flowing. Learn some real-life strategies for reducing your family's reliance on screen time with this campaign. Check out UC Cooperative Extension's newsletter on screen time  as well as one focused on preschoolers.  For the preschool set, here are the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for screen time: 

APA Screen Time Recs

PLEDGE: Have your family sign the pledge card to reduce screen time during Screen-Free Week. Get the kids involved, they can help adults stay accountable too! Download your pledge card in English or Spanish.

PLAN AHEAD: Use our list of suggested activities below to bring old-school fun back into your life. Download trail maps and our library's event schedule ahead of time to cut down on your web searching during the week. Pick up some books about screen-free kids to share with your family. 

Check out www.screenfree.org for more ideas. There are even apps to put on your phones & devices that will keep you away from them: Mute, Moment and Space are just a few. The Forest app even allows you to grow a tree on your device if you don't use it!

SCREEN FREE WEEK ACTIVITIES! HAVE FUN & CONNECT:  Check out events during the week at the library, Bear River Land Trust,  Folk Trails Hiking Club, NEO and Sierra Harvest. 

SFW Calendar 1

SFW Calendar 2

For more inspiration during the week,  post this 101 Screen-Free Activities flyer on your fridge or over your screens in English or Spanish.  Host game nights at home. Make dinner time screen free.

Wrap up screen free week and see Screenagers! The film will be screening Thursday May 9th from 5:30-7 at the Madelyn Helling Library.  Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts young peoples' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower them to best navigate the digital world and find balance. Follow the library: Instagram.com/Nevada_county_library or facebook.com/nevadacountylibrary

DOCUMENT YOUR EFFORTS: Be proud of what you have accomplished! Every little bit is a success. You and your kids can keep track of all your screen free moments with this handy activity log in English or Spanish

CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS: Once the week is over, print out a Certificate of Achievement in English or Spanish for your kids and hang it up for all to see. Think of little ways you can keep your screen-free moments going throughout the year!