The role of television is central in modern life, but research indicates that too much screen time can have a negative effect on our children. Furthermore, children (particularly during early childhood) learn best and flourish emotionally through engaging with the physical world, and time spent in front of screens deprives them of this. Therefore Steiner Waldorf schools do not encourage watching television or use of electronic media, particularly in the Early Years and Lower School. Televisions and computers or tablets are not used as teaching resources in the classrooms and while we would ultimately prefer that children did not watch television or use screens in the early stages of their education and childhood, we do recognise that this aspect lies with parents and the family home. It is for each family and parent to decide what role television and other electronic media should play in the lives of their children.