Now in its 7th year, Interior Savings Unplug and Play Week takes place April 18-24 and celebrates screen-free play and learning for families with young children.
For most families, digital devices are part of their daily lives. They rely on smartphones, tablets, TVs, computers and other devices for work, education, play, socialization and entertainment. Although one hour or less is recommended, most Canadian children between the ages of two and five spend more than two hours each day engaged in screen-time. During the past year, due to the pandemic, families have relied even more on screen devices for entertainment and social connection.
How much screen time are children typically getting?
According to Active Healthy Kids Canada and Participaction, children are getting over 7 hours of screen time per day.
Children today are spending more time with screens than any activity but sleeping.
Studies suggest that too much screen time can have health consequences, and impact the quality of life including:
-Make it hard for a child to sleep
-Raise risks of attention problems, anxiety, and depression
-Raise risks of gaining weight
-Leave less time for active and creative play
Interior Savings Unplug and Play Week provides families with opportunities to increase the time spent participating in healthy, interactive activities. Off-screen time is critical for developing essential life skills such as self-regulation, creativity and learning through physical and imaginative play.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year free family activities will be provided by our many community partners. Please go to the Free Family Activities page to see a list of the fun and creative activities available to families during the week.
Unplug and Play Week is organized by Project Literacy Central Okanagan Society with the support of many Community Partners.