Technology & Media
As parents and educators, we know that a reliance on media as a source of passive entertainment isn’t good for our children.
The more time children spend on screens, the less they’re inclined to play outdoors, explore non-electronic activities, and engage with the world around them.
Why is this important? While few would argue the benefits of technology as a learning tool, “screen time” has become a daily reality for most kids today, and has been linked to learning difficulties and social and developmental challenges at every age. Research points to shortened attention spans, distractibility, obesity, behavioral issues, decreased motivation, and an inability to develop age-appropriate social skills as some of the effects excessive exposure can have on children.
Adherence to our media guidelines is a critical part of the Waldorf philosophy.
We understand that following media guidelines without fail can be challenging. This is especially true given our School's proximity to Los Angeles, the epicenter of the world's entertainment economy. Our teachers are trained to support families in following the media guidelines, and are always available for ideas and suggestions for encouraging media-free activities at home. We’re confident you’ll find the benefits immeasurably rich and rewarding.
Cyber Civics is an integral course in middle school
In 2017, the average age for a child getting his or her own smartphone was 10.3 years old! At Westside Waldorf, we integrate a three-year curriculum from Grades 6-8 that addresses the growing need to prepare students with the skills to become ethical, confident, and empowered digital citizens. It emphasizes ethical and critical thinking, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem solving, and role-play. It is designed to be taught entirely without technology because experts widely agree the most important new media skills are social and behavioral skills.
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
— Mark Twain
We ask all parents and legal guardians to commit to our Media Guidelines.
Your adherence supports not only your children, but all children in the Westside Waldorf School community.