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Families turn off TVs, computers and video games for week

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Monday is the start of Screen Free Week.

By the way, if you're participating and reading this, you're technically cheating.

All week long, hundreds of Kansas City area families are turning off the computers, cell phones, video games and televisions.

"The TV keeps me busy. If I'm doing my homework it keeps me busy. But I start watching it instead of doing my homework," Josie Wissel said.

Josie and her family have pledged to go all week without a screen of any kind, unless it's for work or school.

"We can spend more time with our family and spend more time outside," Josie said.

"It'll be great to catch up on reading and do some outings we need to make more time for," said Josie's mother, Tessie.

The National Institute on Media and Family says kids spend more time in front of a screen than any other activity besides sleeping. They say excessive screen time is linked to obesity, lower grades and decreased attention span.

"There's nothing better than being bored," said Myrna Minnis of Screen Free KC. "You have to think of something to do rather than just always being entertained. You've got to make up things."

Screen Free KC is a local group that put together a week's worth of activities for families that don't involve electronics. Minnis is part of Screen Free KC and she's also known as the Oogly Lady. Ooglys are clay creations that she works with children to make. The screen-free activity she recommends is art.

"Give kids crayons, paint, clay, of course I'm in love with clay. But give them that, stimulate them with that," Minnis said.

She also hopes the families going without screens this week will reduce screen time, and increase family time, even after the week is over.

If you want to go screen-free, or find a slew of screen free activities for your family or want more information, click here.

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