People who are familiar with Waldorf Education probably know it is very anti-media (as to young children), especially television. I have mixed feelings on the subject. On the one hand, who doesn't want their child to watch less TV? On the other hand, I don't want to be an alarmist. We have always limited C-Man's TV viewing. In fact, he didn't watch anything before he turned two (which is what the AAP recommends). Since then, there have been some movies, a very limited number of PBS shows, and of course, the Lawrence Welk ritual on Saturday evenings with B. Since C-Man started school however, there has been less and less, and now we have given up Lawrence Welk for the month (C-Man's teacher asked the class to go cold turkey between Halloween and Thanksgiving).
The school gives us lots of good reading material on this subject, and I must say, I am pretty convinced TV (even the "educational" stuff, and even if it is only occasional) is pretty bad for little kids. B is not so convinced, and I can't blame him. All he wants is to watch a little Bobby Burgess, after all.
But then I read this headline from CBS News: "France Bans TV Shows Aimed at Tots." Is it just me or are Europeans usually way ahead of us on these sorts of social issues? I don't mean to be preachy by posting this, I just found this article very compelling and I don't think it got a lot of press.