Screen-Free Week Begins May 2

Kids encouraged to “unplug and play”

A group of parents will encourage students in Philipstown to turn off their screens from May 2 to 8 as part of a national effort organized by the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood. Screen-Free Week encourages families to forgo screens for entertainment purposes for a week.

The campaign began in the 1980s focused on television but has since expanded with the number of screens in daily life. More than 100 families have historically participated in Philipstown since the local effort began in 2012. To register, visit the Butterfield or Desmond-Fish libraries; elementary school students will also receive information in their backpacks. For more information, call 914-420-9727 or visit The site also has tips on how to help kids “unplug and play.”

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