Power Off and Play is the next phase of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, which promotes powering off before sleep, during meal and snack time, and encourages physical activity, social interaction, and fun and educational activity choices for children.
Balancing kid’s screen time can increase cognitive and communication skills in a child’s development.
Screen Free Week takes place April 30 to May 6 and as part of Healthy Kids Ajax, the month of May is focusing on reducing screen time. To assist, Power off and Play passports will be available at all Town of Ajax Community Centres and all Ajax Public Library branches. Or, click here to download your Power off and Play Passport!
Kids aged 12 and under are encouraged to track their screen time usage for two weeks during the month of May. Completed passports can be submitted to any Ajax Community Centre or Ajax Public Library Branch. Prizes include bikes, water bottles and swim passes and more!
- Research shows too much screen time for children can have negative outcomes for early development, physical and psychological health, and can interfere with important daily routines, making it difficult for children to stay focused.
- Town of Ajax is among 45 communities selected to take part in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.
- The Canadian Society for Exercise and the Canadian Pediatric Society’s recommended screen time limits:
- Under 2 years of age – no screen time
- 2-4 years – less than 1 hour per day
- 5-17 years – no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day