Power Off and Play!
In 2018 the Healthy Kids Community Challenge will be working to encourage children and families to build a balanced day that is not filled with screen time.
‘Screen time’ is the time spent using a screen-based device, such as a smartphone, tablet, computer or television. Not all screen time is unhealthy. Screens can offer an important way to learn and communicate in school and at work. They can also be used in an active way – like playing tennis, soccer, baseball or other sports games on a device.
Screens can also be used for recreational purposes such as watching movies and playing games. Kids may be sitting, reclining or lying down the whole time they are using their device. This is called sedentary screen time and many children are getting too much of it. This could interfere with and take time away from healthy activities in their day. It could even affect their health.
The focus of Theme 4 - Power Off and Play! is on minimizing children’s recreational and sedentary screen time. This theme helps children and families build a balanced day that includes:
• Staying within recommended screen time limits
• Putting screens away during important times of day (sleep time and meal and snack time)
• Replacing some screen time with other activities (physical activity, social interaction, and fun and educational activities)
It’s all about powering off devices and playing more.