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Any exceptions to media policy?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I'm all for keeping DD away from TV and the computer and movies and the like.

However, the girl likes to dance. Sometimes by herself, most of the time with me. Lots and lots of dancing. I'm wondering if I should consider an exception and allow her perhaps 15 minutes of some well chosen (any ideas, if you're at all open to this?) video that has real people singing and dancing on it a few times a week.

I have absolutely no clue as to choices out there and perhaps I'd be horrified by them all, but I thought I'd send this out to the experienced Waldorf folks for some feedback.

Curious, (but cautious),

Kristen
post #2 of 6

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In my humble opinion YOU are the parent and you are free to make rules for your family/daughter. If she would like to see a video of other childre/people/cultures dancing I think it sounds like a great idea.

From what I have taken from the Waldoorf Media policy, I *think* that the concern is more for "mass media"- constant TV watching, commercialism, etc. I understand the Waldorf Idea is to have your child create from within, but being exposed to different cultures/dances through the visuals of TV is another way to broaden her horizons.

I tend to believe in all things in moderation. Although other Waldorf parents may think differently (some even point out that Steiner thought TV(?)/radio was the devil (Ahramin, I believe). Correct me if I'm wrong here.
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your thoughtful reply. Any suggestions on videos that would showcase folks from many races singing and dancing?
post #4 of 6
I am a Waldorf mom of 2 girls, although I have very very strong feeling about no media, I have shown my girls 'Cats' and 'Riverdance' on dvd. When my girls were younger they watched them maybe once per month, in the last 2 yrs, maybe twice a year. They both attend dance class (creative movement with a Waldorfish 90 yr former prima ballerina). They got a kick out of both these dvd's. 'Riverdance' is fantastic, exposes the child to a wide range of dance. My 6 yr old wants to start Flamenco dance instruction next fall.

These dvds have no ads and no 'characters' for them to copy. In fact it has exposed them to different dance. They create their own dances with bits of this & that thrown in. I play fiddle music for themsome evenings while I cook dinner, I moved the kitchen table out of the way and they perform!

So there is my suggestions, BTW, their teachers have no problems with either of these dvds. I also have a sitter ( a 16 yr old waldorf student) who performs and she knows the entire score from Cats, and she sings to my dds. I also have a mom who's dd used to attend our Waldorf school, she was a dancer in the original "Cats" on Broadway in NYC, my dd LOVES this women, calls her 'the Cat', lol!
post #5 of 6
While commercialism is a problem with media it is not the main reason parents are advised not to introduce media until the child is older. The main reason, is the effect of the visual media (TV, videos, movies, computer) on the developing brain. Certain snyapses get reinforced while others do not. It tends to limit truly imaginative play. That being said, a little dance video once a month isn't going to have a huge impact on your child's brain development.

Even better though, would be to take you daughter to live dance events. We are very fortunate to live in Seattle where there is a cultural event going on almost every weekend. Others are not so fortunate.
post #6 of 6
You will certainly find people who advocate NO media (when what they mean is "electronic media") whatsoever, but in my opinion that's madness. While I encouraged other activities I also did not want to presume to dictate what my children's families did in their own homes. There is a difference between healthy and unhealthy use of media and it is clear if it is a problem or not. Most schools I have been to also ask, more reasonably, that in the older grades children aren't exposed to this media during the school week, since they need to give attention to their families, homework, friends, and other activities.

My husband is an audio/graphics engineer so there is simply going to be music, video, film, etc happening in our house. It's an art form and a science and we respect it as such. There's a difference between that and watching "Transformers" and "Ninja Turtles" every afternoon.

You will even find Waldorf folks who consider the type of dance inappropriate for your child's age! There are plenty of Waldorf people, though, who are committed to the method but also move with the times.
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