Family Central will join thousands of schools, libraries, and community groups nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles for seven days and turn on the world around them. Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and to spend more time with friends and family.
On average, preschool children spend over four and a half hours a day consuming screen media, while older children spend over seven hours a day including multitasking. Excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with attention span.
In participation with Screen Free Week, Family Central will partner with the Orange County Land Trust to lead a hike at the Moonbeams Preserve on Sat., May 6, at 10 a.m. This quiet hidden gem of 150 acres of fields, forest, and wetlands is located at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge and bordering the Shawangunk Kill. Participants should meet at the Moonbeams Preserve, located at 219 Prosperous Valley Rd. in Middletown.