Roosevelt Elementary School kicks off screen free week challenge

Shirin Rajaee, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor/Reporter, shirin.rajaee@keyt.com
POSTED: 11:23 AM PDT May 06, 2013    UPDATED: 12:00 AM PDT May 03, 2013 
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Roosevelt Elementary School joined thousands of schools nationwide in a coordinated effort to encourage millions of Americans to turn off televisions, computers, and video games for seven days and become more active.

Screen-Free Week is a chance for children to read, play, think, create, be more physically active, and to spend more time with friends and family. This comes after studies have shown that excessive screen time is linked to a number of problems for children, including childhood obesity, poor school performance, and problems with attention span.

Wendi Ostroff, a sixth-grade teacher at Roosevelt says it's a great way to raise awareness, and even if the kids aren't able to do it for a week, even a few days can go a long way.  

NewsChannel 3 Reporter Shirin Rajaee reports.