WAIT! Steve Jobs Limited His Kids’ Use of Technology?

We agree with the article, Steve Jobs was a Low-Tech Parent, from the NY Times.

The day the iPhone 6 was released, this article validates what the parents at the Rudolf Steiner School believe in.

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“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” [New York Times]

NYTimes_iPadSteiner’s media policy allows children to embrace technology at the proper age, when they are more prepared to use it, not as a crutch or a babysitter. The American Academy of Pediatrics has conducted several conclusive studies that have borne out the negative effects on a child’s imagination and behavior through exposure to television programs, films, computer games and computer entertainment.

Read more about our Media Policy, which we are very proud of…

Waldorf education advocates for a media-free Early Childhood and Lower School because exposure to media interferes with a child’s natural ability to learn and connect with the world around him (includes all electronic devices and screens, including but not limited to: television, movies, cell phones, computers, video and audio games and devices. Care and judgment should also be applied to exposure to print and radio media).

The content and form presented in general media and technologies in television, film, computer games or computer-generated entertainment directly contradict the goal of our educational method for young children.  Today, many educational, medical and scientific organizations agree about the negative effects of media on young children.  Studies cite both the passiveness engendered in children from these programs, and the connection of media to anti-social behavior, such as bullying and violence.

Rudolf Steiner School Media Policy