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Wyomingites Challenged to Turn Off TVs, Computers, Gadgets

April 19, 2011

CASPER, Wyo. - Turn off your tablets, step away from the computer and pull the plug on the TV. Wyomingites are being challenged to do that for a week in a nationwide campaign to alert families to the enormous amount of time spent with electronic entertainment. "Screen-Free Week" is an effort to encourage parents and their kids to get outside for some physical activity, take in a community event, or just stop texting all the time.

Jaci Clement, Fair Media Council executive director, admits with a laugh that it won't be easy.

"I think people would probably try to kill you if you cut off their access entirely."

Parents are encouraged to cut back on their own smart-phone tapping to set an example for their children.

Clement says Screen-Free Week aims to help young people balance their interest in technology with spending time outside - and spending time with people.

"The real goal is to get people to realize how much time they spend either watching television, or playing on their hand-held, or sitting behind a computer screen."

This is also "National Parks Week," with events scheduled at Devil's Tower and Yellowstone to encourage families to spend time outdoors. Park admission fees are also waived through the weekend.

Another focus of the campaign is highlighting how excessive screen time can be linked to weight problems, poor school grades and attention issues.

Screen-Free Week details are at

National Parks calendar of events is at

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY