Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino today announced his support for Screen-Free Week, an event sponsored by The Early Years Institute (EYI), a Long Island organization based in Plainview. The goal of the event is for parents, children, teachers and others across Long Island to reduce screen media use (television, video games, computers, cell phones, etc.) and “Celebrate the Magic of Being Unplugged.” Screen-Free Week begins April 30 and ends May 6.
“This is not to suggest that parents and child care providers take away screens from children entirely, but create a balance between indoor screen time and the time given to outdoor play and activities,” said Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino. “I support all phases in the growth of technology; however, too much screen media deprives our children of appropriate exercise and good health practices.”
According to a 2010 study by the Kaiser Foundation, children eight to 18 years of age multitask 10 hours and 45 minutes a day using screen media. It also was studied that more than half of American children under the age of two have a TV in their room, and those ages two to six spend on average four hours per day being entertained passively.
“The statistics bear out that it is important for parents to encourage their children to spend more time outdoors, or reading books,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “Screen-Free Week is one good way to bring to light a serious, underlying problem with the over consumption of unhealthy foods, imbalance of technology usage and the habits of our youth. I would encourage everyone to participate in this event; it may be one of the healthiest things families can do for their children.”
Volunteers and other participating organizations will be asked to distribute flyers, posters and other information to publicize the event. For more information, interested individuals may visit the EYI Web site.