In September 2014, parents at the Waldorf School of Atlanta began a Media-Lite Living initiative. The WSA Family Handbook holds recommendations about limiting media. This initiative is designed to support parents on this road. We are archiving the articles, stories and testimonials from this initiative on the WSA blog. An Introduction article that includes links to articles in this series is here.
Media-Lite Living Column
Happy New Year to all WSA families. In the new year, the Media-Lite Living Column will feature “holiday testimonials” from WSA parents. Parents will share their different experiences with living media-lite, or media-free, during the recent holiday time. We will also continue to share testimonials from WSA graduates, who offer their unique perspectives, the benefits they have received, and even their gratitude, for growing up media-lite or media-free.
In the months ahead, published articles will continue to be printed, sharing important information on the adverse effects of media and screen time for children, while promoting the vital benefits of unstructured play for children of varied ages.
We hope these testimonials and articles offer fresh inspiration, encouragement, and promote lively dialogue amongst all WSA parents and friends of WSA. All feedback and questions are welcome. Contact Sara Michelson.
1-Holiday Testimonial: “Twice a year we head up north to see family for either Christmas or for Summer break. Each time we know that we will be around family that is fairly media saturated. Since our son was born, we have been straight forward about him not watching TV or playing video games. His cousins have grown up knowing this and always find other things to do. Kids have to play, it is their nature. The second they complain of boredom, mark your watch for 5 minutes and tell them to find something to do. Within that time, if they are not “helped” by adults, they will find something spectacular to do.” ~WSA parent
2-Published Article: We’re ruining our kids with Minecraft: the case for unstructured play
We are in the process of making a giant mistake on behalf of our children. With all the right intentions, American parents are depriving their kids of the time and space to develop their imaginations, and the ability to make something out of nothing—the very heart of innovation and competitiveness. A new study by Radio Flyer and ReD Associates shows the alarming consequences of over-parenting….. Imagination is derived from what child psychologists call “unstructured play”: the kind of play that has no supporting technology, no defined script, and no end goal other than inventing worlds and coming up with ideas. (for full article, see link below:)
The above article was taken from The Garden Breeze, our WSA in-house newsletter. For more information about our school, please visit us at the Waldorf School of Atlanta.