In some ways we love the idea of being screen-free indefinitely, and I know it is possible and that there are many benefits to it. But we've decided that we'd like to take something of a responsible middle-road in introducing media to our son. We plan to do this by showing him (by living, not any kind of didactic lesson) that movies, televised events--Olympics, Inauguration, Super Bowl--and selective educational programming (I do not mean Sesame Street, but like a quality, age-appropriate documentary about something we're doing in homsechool) are fine things both as tools and as occasional entertainment (like monthly or eventually weekly family movie night).
I feel that it is more important to teach (through example) that screens are to be a part of our lives, but not something to just "veg" in front of. I grew up using the television as a friend--I actually believe I replaced the attachment to my parents AND peers with television as each of the former let me down. I watched it when I was bored, sad, lonely, tired, nervous, etc. I was pretty much ALWAYS one of those!
So we have filled DS' life with wonderful and valuable experiences and TV is simply not needed or desired. I don't even know when we would simply "watch" TV.
So what I am looking for is both a discussion here of others who've taken this road, looking to teach responsible use of media as opposed to strict avoidance of it AND I am hoping someone knows of some resources (books?!) on this topic.
Also happy to hear from those who've decided to keep their kids/themselves totally screen-free (no computer, DVDs, HULU, etc.) to 6, 8, indefinitely... Do you have concerns about your children not being able to use media responsibly when they are older and able to make the choice themselves? Do you worry at all about your children being too removed from the media culture in which they live?
Thanks, happy to hear all opinions on this topic--I'm not at all set on this decision!