Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R, I, C – Glen Head) would like to encourage residents to take part in the Long Island-based Early Years Institute’s Screen-Free Week from April 30 to May 6. The event’s goal is for children and adults alike to reduce their use of screen media and, in the words of the Institute’s motto, "Celebrate the Magic of Being Unplugged."
"While the advances in technology and screen media are remarkable, we all should take the time to engage in healthy outdoor recreation and habits," said Montesano. "Screen-Free Week is an excellent opportunity for our residents to turn off their TVs and computers and enjoy the wonderful springtime weather and activities available to Long Islanders."
A 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study says children between the ages of eight and 18 spend nearly 11 hours a day multitasking with screen media and are more likely to struggle academically and socially. Studies also show that children who spend less time with screen media are healthier, get better grades, can concentrate easier and display increased imagination and curiosity.
"Screen media plays an important role in the development of our children, but fostering a healthy imagination, creativity and social skills are just as important," said Montesano. "Whether it's going outside and playing a sport or game with friends, or just taking the time to read a book, I strongly encourage parents and children to take full advantage of Screen-Free Week."
For more information on Screen-Free Week, please visit the Early Years Institute website.