Download VFHY’s Screen-Free Week Toolkit for Teachers and Parents

An issue facing younger generations, and especially teens, is the over-use of technology.  Younger generations, unlike their parents, often socialize, hang out, and communicate online, rather than in person.  They prefer to text rather than talk on the phone, and often prefer to socialize on Twitter, Snapchat, or Facebook than in a social setting.  Some of our youth are spending up to 20 hours a day, seven days a week, online, perusing the Internet or gaming.  Spending this much time in front of a screen can interfere with a young person’s emotional, physical, and intellectual development.  Due to this issue, I’m sharing the below information with you.  May 2-8, 2016 is Screen-Free Week and encourages youth to unplug and play.  The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has put together a free toolkit inclusive of active, fun alternatives to screen time that we can use to help address the issue of over using technology.

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