The resources below can help navigate around the challenges of raising children in a digital world. Click the Unplug & Connect posters to access tips and information associated with each poster. Below the posters, you will find a list of external resources with links to other screen smart information, information on connecting with nature and other tips for parents.

Our Posters

 Click  here  to learn more about the importance of connecting to nature.

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 Click  here  for more information about the importance of connecting to people.

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 Click  here  to learn more about the importance of connecting to physical activity.

Click here to learn more about the importance of connecting to physical activity.

 Click  here  to learn more about the importance of connecting to arts and culture.

Click here to learn more about the importance of connecting to arts and culture.

 Click  here  to learn more about the importance of connecting to sleep.

Click here to learn more about the importance of connecting to sleep.

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Screen Smart Information

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
You'll find excellent tips, facts and screen-free activities on this link. The tip sheets -- "Healthy Kids in a Digital World" -- are available in electronic versions (if you need just a few copies) or you can order printed copies for a cost. Teacher, childcare provider, librarian or health professional will find this a very useful; resource.

Screen Free Week Website
This site is also presented by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Screen-Free Week is an annual, international celebration when families, schools, and communities swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. Instead of watching TV, surfing the web, or playing with apps and video games, they read, play, think, create, get active, and spend more time with family and friends.

On the site, you'll find information on: organizing a screen-free week; hosting a screen-free event: finding a screen-free event; and how to spread the word about screen-free week.

Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS)
The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) has updated its guidelines on screen time for children under 5. Some key points from the CPS guidelines:
 
The evidence suggests that there are no proven benefits of media exposure for children under 2. Like the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends, high-quality educational programming may be beneficial for children 2-5, when co-viewed with parents and limited to 1 hour per day.

Connect locally With Nature

Burke Mountain Naturalists - Promoting nature awareness in the TriCities and beyond.
Burke Mountain Naturalists produced a delightful illustrated guide for young explorers. The Discover Nature in the Tri-Cities booklet introduces children to the habitat, flora, and fauna of eight of our local parks. It is available in PDF format or in print.

Tips for Parents

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
You'll find excellent tips, facts and screen-free activities on this link. The tip sheets -- "Healthy Kids in a Digital World" -- are available in electronic versions (if you need just a few copies) or you can order printed copies for a cost. Teacher, childcare provider, librarian or health professional will find this a very useful; resource.

Screen Free Week Website
This site is also presented by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Screen-Free Week is an annual, international celebration when families, schools, and communities swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. Instead of watching TV, surfing the web, or playing with apps and video games, they read, play, think, create, get active, and spend more time with family and friends.

On the site, you'll find information on: organizing a screen-free week; hosting a screen-free event: finding a screen-free event; and how to spread the word about screen-free week.