Unplug and play Family Literacy Week

Posted On Tuesday January 14, 2020
Interior Savings Unplug and play Family Literacy Week runs Jan. 25 to Feb. 1

The Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week Committee is inviting schools to participate in Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week which takes place Jan. 25 to Feb. 1 2020. Check below for attachments providing events-related information. 

Families are also invited to Family Literacy Day at the Henry Grube Education Centre on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Activities will include storytelling, interactive stations, face painting and crafts.

“Our goal is to encourage families to find a healthy balance and enjoy the many fun events and activities hosted by School District No. 73 community partner groups,” said Andrea Wallin, district library coordinator. “This has become an annual event in Kamloops-Thompson with over 5,500 students participating each year, increasing an awareness that healthy balance equals healthy families.”

Interior Savings Unplug and Play School Challenge

One way to motivate school-aged children to Unplug and Play is to offer them the School Challenge. They pledge to reduce or eliminate recreational screen time for three days. There is a daily check-list to record achievements. Many free activities are offered throughout the week for families to enjoy. A list of events will be included in the Student Challenge. Each participating school will receive a prize.

Here are some tips to make healthier choices for screen time based on information from the Canadian Pediatric Society.

Try to expose babies and toddlers to as little screen time as possible.

  • The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends no screen time for children under two years old.
  • Help older kids understand that using screens is a health issue, like eating well or brushing their teeth.
  • Set limits that include all screens and establish certain times and places as no-screen zones.

Use screens mindfully, as an activity you choose rather than as something that is on in the background or that you turn on as a habit.

  • Turning on a device should be something you turn on for a specific reason.
  • Get creative – encourage children to draw, write or act out their stories.

Curate your children’s media, setting household rules and co-viewing when possible.

  • With younger kids, select their media choices yourself, and only allow older kids to watch or play media you have approved.
  • Educational media is most effective when it iwatched with parents who can help to extend and reinforce learning content.

Model good media use for your kids.

  • Pay attention to your own media use, and think about what messages you are sending.
  • Think about ways to use screens together as a family, such as video chats with friends and relatives or using the internet to investigate hobbies or interests together.

Problems with too much screen time range from shortened attention spans to less time spent reading and less outdoor play. Here are some signs to look for that children may be spending too much screen time, according to the American Academy of Pediatricians.

  1. Wanting to get on a device first thing in the morning, right after they wake up.
  2. Complaining or throwing a temper tantrum when they are told it is time to turn off the device.
  3. Always thinking about or talking about favourite shows, games or videos.
  4. Sneaking a device or lying about how long they have been using a device.
  5. Using the device to feel better if they have had a bad day.
  6. Not getting enough sleep.
  7. Constantly asking to use a device and always wanting more screen time.


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