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I think I have developed a love-hate relationship with technology. From televisions, video games, cell phones, social networks, tablets and all the rest. I think it’s time for a digital detox. I started to think about how technology falls in with my family, how it affects my daughter and how we can achieve digital balance. I think it’s important that technology serves us and not the other way around.

Not many know this, but the week of April 30 – May 6 has been designated Screen-Free Week or Digital Detox Week. ” Screen-Free Week (formerly Digital Detox Week) is an annual event where children, families, schools and communities are encouraged to turn off screens and ‘turn on life.’ Instead of relying on television programming for entertainment, participants read, daydream, explore, enjoy nature and spend time with family and friends.”

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“In 2010, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) became the home of Screen-Free Week at the request of the Board of the Center for SCREEN-TIME Awareness (CSTA), which ran the initiative since 1994 (first as TV-Free America). CCFC launched a new website and developed a new Organizer’s Kit, fact sheets, and other materials for Screen-Free Week 2011 and beyond. The Screen-Free Week Organizer’s Kit is available as a free download” here. Over 100 million people have taken part in the turnoff, with millions participating each year.

I think I am going to participate this year. It might be a little difficult, but I am taking the steps to make some changes. Turning off the television is going to be the easy part, but I also want to turn off the computer from time to time. It might not totally disconnect because I do have to work but what I am going to do is designate quite times, maybe just 30 minutes a day. I am not going to look at the computer or even allow my daughter to use her iPad (yes she has an iPad! ugh!). I think it’s a good thing to pause technology every now and then. Let’s see how it goes.

Are you and your family going to participate in Screen Free Week?

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