Young children spend an average of 32 hours per week
in front of screens. The number is even higher for older children.
These alarming numbers provide as good a reason as any to observe Screen Free Week, spearheaded by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, April 29-May 5.
If you take the challenge to turn off your screens, we commend you and encourage you to visit screenfree.org for helpful resources on how to plan your week to minimize temptation and have some screen-free fun.
even if you can't or won't power down, don't let that stop you from
using Screen-Free Week to reflect your family's interactions with TV and
Elizabeth Marshall and Özlem Sensoy, editors of our extremely popular Rethinking Popular Culture and Media,
wrote in an editorial two years ago, "Screen Free Week is also an
opportunity to consider our relationship with media and the marketing
activities that underlie them."
encourage us to "reconsider our relationship with our media-saturated
society and to ask whether these media support or undermine the
democratic values we espouse."
are a few reading recommendations that will help you fine-tune your
critical media literacy skills, as well as see critical examination of
media in action:
Rethinking Popular Culture and Media,
edited by Elizabeth Marshall and Özlem Sensoy, includes excellent
articles by teachers, scholars, parents and activists who examine how
and what popular TV programs, films, and other media "teach."
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