Our methods of education fosters enthusiasm and reverence for the highest in our human potential. Parents and teachers working with our model of education make particular efforts to provide protection from negative outside influences for the developing child.
Among the assaults on childhood, none is more powerful than television, movies, videos, video games, and Internet/computer usage experienced at too young an age (below age 12). Even after age 12, parents need to be wary of their children’s exposure to media. It is important that parents educate themselves about Internet communication such as Instagram, Facebook, email, and instant messaging, and carefully monitoring their children’s activities. These ways of communicating can be extremely dangerous for children of any age.
Young children are particularly susceptible to the influence and effects of the media. Its detrimental effects on behavior, ability to learn, and development of values in culture are increasingly recognized and documented scientifically.
Recent research alerts us to the harmful effects not only of program content but also of the detriment to a child’s physical and psychological processes when engaged in viewing a screen.
Our children need to participate with and experience active adults engaged in real life experiences. They need to hear real human voices. They need the interaction with us and with the qualities and values we are striving to achieve.
For our purposes, we define media to include:
Our goal for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5:
Our goal for students in Grades 6 - 8:
We strongly urge all parents to educate themselves about this critical topic. Some further resources are:
The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.
Childhood is too short to waste on a smartphone.
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