It's all go this week with International Compost Awareness Week and Screen Free Week both happening!
Screen free week is an awareness-raising event to encourage people to spend time away from their screens and to get involved in something active, creative, exploring outdoors or meeting family and friends.
What's the point?
We probably all spend a bit too much time attached to a screen of some sort, whether it's your computer screen, TV screen or phone/tablet, screens are part of our everyday lives, whether for work or for fun.
The idea of a screen-free week probably sounds a bit daunting, but everyone can benefit from reconnecting with the REAL world.
What can I do?
Challenge yourself or a friend to try managing without a type of screen for a day, a week, maybe even more!
- Don't watch TV for a day
- Don't use your tablet for a day
- Steer clear of your smartphone for a day
- Get active: use the time to do some exercise
- Instead of liking someone's post on facebook or sending them a tweet, meet up with them for a real chin wag!
- It's free! - getting active doesn't cost anything, and you save on electricity bills!
- It's good for the environment - go screen free to reduce your energy usage and carbon footprint!Read this
- Over the last 10 years, 8-18 year olds now consume 2.5 hours more per day of "screen media" per day, at an average of 7 hours 11 minutes per day.
- Excessive screen time is linked to increased psychological difficulties, hyperactivity and poorer school performance in older children and adolescents.
- Time spent with screens has been recognised as an important risk factor for childhood obesity.
- For each hour of television viewing per day, children consume an average of 167 calories EXTRA (one pound of fat equates to around 3500 calories. Extrapolating from this, 21 hours roughly equates to an extra pound weight gain!)
Read a full list here
Click here to see 101 ideas for screen-free week activities