Media Guidelines

A cornerstone of Waldorf education is an intentional curriculum that supports its students through each stage of their development. Westside Waldorf School seeks to help its students develop the capacity to deeply engage and actively participate in their own education, to cultivate their own unique imaginations, and to take ownership of their thoughts and actions.  This philosophy is reflected in the School’s guidelines regarding media.   
 
Parents/legal guardians are asked to carefully consider these guidelines and whether they are able to actively align with the school in support of their own children, as well as the other children in the WWS community. We understand that this is a challenging task given the time and place in which we live, but it is a critical part of the philosophy of WWS. Class teachers are always available for suggestions and support for age appropriate suggestions regarding media. The benefits are immeasurable and richly rewarding.   
 
Early Child through Grade 1  

  • The WWS community strives to limit exposure at this age to electronic media in daily life including television, movies, video games, computers, cell phones, and internet. 

Grades 2-3  

  • The WWS community strives to limit exposure at this age to electronic media in daily life including television, movies, video games, computers, cell phones, and internet. 
  • It is recommended that your child only be exposed to limited amounts of radio with careful parent attention to appropriate stations, and age-appropriate recorded music. 

Grades 4 -5 

  • After the 9-year change, the WWS community strives for slow, gradual media exposure.  It is recommended that your child only be exposed to media consciously selected by parents. This viewing should be limited to a maximum of once per week on the weekends or vacations, with discretion for content and genre. 
  • It is recommended that your child only be exposed to limited amounts of radio with careful parent attention to appropriate stations, and age-appropriate recorded music. 
  • The WWS community strives to limit exposure at this age to video games, computers and internet use. 

Grade 6-7-8 

  • The WWS community strives to keep children at this age from watching television or movies during the week.  Weekend or vacation viewing should be limited with careful parent discretion to length of time, content, and genre. 
  • As children enter puberty, the WWS community strives to educate our students through conversation about the social implications of computer use and introduces children to the use of the internet through carefully guided research projects. 
  • Video and online games are addictive and can adversely impact student work and the class social life.  Students should have no access to this media.